On the edge of the Cotswolds is the Parish of Deddington, Clifton and Hempton. Accessible from the M40, it's an ideal launch pad for some of England's prettiest villages, grandest country houses and greatest seats of learning. Oxford, Stratford and Blenheim are within easy reach, as are Bicester Village and Silverstone racetrack. With its picturesque honey-coloured houses, history dating from Saxon times, plenty of social activity, a thriving business community and a variety of places to stay, the Parish is a great place to live, work or just visit.
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The Curious case of the Deddington Bowls Club Accounts Ledger. Why does this book contain the names of 250+ WWII POWs? The answer is an interesting detective trail with a happy ending.
The Churchills of Deddington. Since this article was first published additional information about Major General Tom and Lt Colonel Jack Churchill has been added to The Parish at War site. Follow this LINK to find out more about these two great Commando Brigade leaders. Jack went to war with a bow and arrows and a sword - and used them!
Peggy Pacey (1918-2013) was a well known and redoubtable character around the parish until illness confined her to her bed in her final years from whence she continued to run her farm ably assisted by Jason. DoL brings together a series of articles about her life as a well known breeder of horses interrupted for a few years whilst she rode a motor cycle in the WAAF during WWII. Bea Bathe will pen more stories about her and Park Farm in the DN as further information comes to light from Peggy's bottom drawer of albums and newspaper clippings; these will also be added to DoL as they are published. There are two photograph albums in the Gallery devoted to Peggy - as a horse lover and in the WAAF.
Deddington Carnival 1981 - thanks to Nipper Clark - who had kept a copy of the video made by Ian Fergusson at this event - we can re-visit this great occasion. The link takes you to a page on which you will find a further link to the video itself (on Vimeo) and a Time Line Index of the various activities on the video - including parachuting into the market square.
The Bowler (of hat fame) and Turner families came to live in Deddington in 1909 because Thomas Bowler married Alice Turner whose family lived in The Poplars (now divided as Castle End & Applewood)). Three Bowler boys served with distinction in two World Wars. Their younger two brothers were sadly drowned in the Cherwell at Clifton while schoolboys at Bloxham. Dr Edward Turner and his wife Louisa (Colman's mustard family) were leading members of Deddington social life.
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