Soon after the Norman Conquest Deddington castle was commissioned by Bishop Odo of Bayeaux (half brother to King William I). The vallum and earthworks of this castle can still be seen today at the castle grounds.
In the 17th century during the English Civil War after The Battle of Cropredy which the Royalists just about won, King Charles I stayed at the Castle House and Piers Gaveston was imprisoned there.
Today Deddington is the only parish in all England to be granted its own Coat of Arms (1994), and this can be seen on the wall of the Town Hall in the centre of the market place.
Nearby Oxford was first occupied in Saxon times, and was initially known as "Oxenaforda", meaning "Ford of the Ox"; fords being very important before the days of bridges.
Woodstock is close to Deddington and Banbury, and makes a popular history visit to see Blenheim Palace and Sir Winston Churchill's grave in nearby Bladon. Sir John Vanbrugh designed the Blenheim Palace for John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. It was largely paid for by the nation in gratitude for his victory over the French and Bavarians at Blenheim in 1704.
For more information about Deddington Village local history, why not visit the Deddington Website
Enjoy the local history and the traditional warm welcome which awaits you at the Deddington Arms Hotel Restaurant and the warm hospitality of our friendly professional staff.