Deddington & District History Society

 Deddington & District History Society (D & DHS)


The society is open to all and exists to promote awareness of and interest in the history of Deddington and its neighbourhood. We hold monthly meetings, offering a mix of lectures and events (such as exhibitions and visits) of interest not just to members but to anyone living in the area. Many are happy simply to attend our meetings, but anyone wanting to carry out research into local or family history find in the society a friendly and supportive environment, with much advice on offer.

Membership fees, which give free entry to meetings, are £11 a year for individuals, or £20 for couples. Non-members pay £2.50 a meeting, refundable on joining the society. Meetings are usually held at the Windmill Centre, Hempton Road, on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.

For more details and contact information please refer to the DIRECTORY


2015-6 Programme  

Details of this are here.

Next Meeting

Wed 10th February: Dr Simon Wenham: 'Salter's Steamers and Leisure on the Thames'

Simon Wenham is a research assistant at the University of Oxford and a lecturer at the Department for Continuing Education. He first became interested in the Salter Bros’ rich history when he discovered the company archive while working at its Folly Bridge base as a summer job in 1998. After graduating, he became the company’s operations manager in 2000 and working there until 2005. He left to write his doctoral thesis on the history of the business, turning this into a successful book. He promises to show just how influential Salters was, not just in Oxford but in national history, and how their pioneering work contributed to the development of the River Thames as a recreational resource, memorably portrayed in 'Three Men in a Boat'.


Online Historical Resources

We are compiling a list of resources that relate to Deddington's past. It is by no means exhaustive, and we'd be delighted if people would let us know of any online sources that they know of or have used; please contact Click here for the page. 


Additional Articles

Issues of the Society's newsletter, "224",  which contain a wealth of articles on Deddington and the surrounding District, from October 1999 until 2007 are available online.

Article and pictures from Ironstone Enquiry.

Pictures from an unidentified north Oxfordshire school.




Links to other Oxfordshire history societies can be found here