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Didcot

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Didcot /ˈdɪdkɒt/ or /ˈdɪdkət/ is a railway town and civil parish in the county of Oxfordshire, England, 10 miles 16 km south of Oxford, 8 miles 13 km east of Wantage and 15 miles 24 km north west of Reading Didcot is noted for its railway heritage, having been a station on Brunel's Great Western Main Line from London Paddington, opening in 1856

Today the town is known for its railway museum and power stations, and is the gateway town to the Science Vale: three large science and technology centres in the surrounding villages of Milton Milton Park, Culham Culham Science Centre and Harwell Harwell Science and Innovation Campus which includes the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory The town was historically part of Berkshire until 1974 when there was a boundary change

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 11 Ancient and medieval
    • 12 Early modern era
    • 13 19th and 20th centuries: Introduction of the Railway
      • 131 Great Western Railway
      • 132 Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
    • 14 21st century
  • 2 Railways
    • 21 Didcot Railway Centre
    • 22 Didcot Parkway station
  • 3 Economy
    • 31 Power stations
    • 32 Car racing
    • 33 Agriculture
  • 4 Military
  • 5 Local government and representation
  • 6 Health
  • 7 Education
  • 8 Sport and leisure
    • 81 Parks, gardens and open spaces
  • 9 Notable people
  • 10 In popular culture
  • 11 Nearby places
  • 12 References
  • 13 Further reading
  • 14 External links

Historyedit

Ancient and medievaledit

All Saints' parish church, dating to 1160

The area around present-day Didcot has been inhabited for at least 9000 years, a large scale archaeological dig between 2010 and 2013 produced finds from the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Iron Age and Bronze Ages23 During the Roman era the inhabitants of the area tried to drain the marshland by digging ditches through what is now the Ladygrove area north of the town near Long Wittenham, evidence of which was found during surveying in 19944 A hoard of 126 gold Roman coins dating to around 160 CE was found just outside the village in 1995 by an enthusiast with a metal detector; this is now displayed at the Ashmolean Museum on loan from the British Museum56

In early historical records Didcot was recorded as Dudcote and Doudecothe amongst other similar names, deriving from the personal name Dydda and the Anglosaxon word for house or shelter, cott7 The name is believed to be derived from that of Dida, a 7th-century Mercian sub-king who ruled the area around Oxford and was the father of Saint Frithuswith, now the patron saint of both Oxford and Oxford University8 Didcot was then a rural Berkshire village and remained that way for centuries, only occasionally appearing in records At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 Didcot was much smaller than several surrounding villages, including Harwell and Long Wittenham, which are now dwarfed by modern Didcot Didcot was not explicitly named in the Domesday Book with the closest recorded settlement being Wibalditone, with 21 inhabitants and a church, the name possibly survives in Willington's Farm on the edge of Didcot's present-day Ladygrove Estate9 Parts of the original village still exist in the Lydalls Road area where the Church of England parish church of All Saints is located, the church's nave walls dates from 116010

Early modern eraedit

White Cottage, the oldest house in Didcot

In the 1500s Didcot was a small village of landowners, tenants and tradespeople with a population of around 12011 The oldest house still standing in Didcot is White Cottage, a Grade II listed wood shingle roofed, timber-framed building on Manor Road which was built in the early 16th Century12 At this time the village centre consisted of a collection of small houses and surrounding farms around Manor, Foxhall and Lydalls Roads, those still standing include The Nook, Thorney Down Cottage and Manor Cottage which were all constructed in the early to mid-17th Century10 Didcot village was on the route between London and Wantage present day Wantage Road and hosted three turnpikes toll gates These brought in revenue for local landowners and gentry and operated between 1752 and 1879 when they were abolished due to the growing use of the railway10

19th and 20th centuries: Introduction of the Railwayedit

Great Western Railwayedit

View of the Didcot Power Station in 2005 from Platform 3 of Didcot Parkway Three of the cooling towers in the distance were demolished in July 2014

The Great Western Railway, engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, reached Didcot in 1839 In 1844 the Brunel-designed Didcot station was opened The original station burnt down in the later part of 19th century Although longer, a cheaper-to-build line to Bristol would have been through Abingdon farther north, but the landowner the first Lord Wantage is reputed to have prevented that alignment13 Its presence and that of a junction to Oxford created the conditions for the future growth of Didcot The station's name entrenched an orthodox spelling of Didcot

Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railwayedit

Didcot's junction of the routes to London, Bristol, Oxford and to Southampton via the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway DN&S made the town of strategic importance to military logistics, in particular during the First World War campaign on the Western Front and the Second World War preparations for D-Day The DN&S line has since closed and the sites of the large Army and Royal Air Force ordnance depots that were built to serve these needs have disappeared beneath the power station and Milton Park Business Park, however the 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment RLC is still based at the Vauxhall Barracks in the town

Remains of the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway are still in evidence in the eastern part of town This line, designed to provide a direct link to the south coast from the Midlands and the North avoiding the convuluted Reading/Basingstoke route, was constructed from 1879–1882 after previous proposals had floundered It was designed as a main line and was engineered by John Fowler and built by contractors TH Falkiner and Sir Thomas Tancred, who together also constructed the Forth Bridge14 It was a very expensive line to build due to the heavy engineering challenges of crossing the Berkshire and Hampshire downs with a ruling 1 in 106 gradient to allow for higher mainline speeds, and this over-capitalisation coupled with initial traffic barely meeting expectations caused the company financial problems, meaning it never reached Southampton of its own accord but had to join the main London and South Western Railway line at Shawford, south of Winchester

However, from the outbreak of World War II such was the growth of wartime traffic to the port of Southampton a decision was made to upgrade the line which included the complete doubling of the northern section between Didcot and Newbury, closing for 5 months in 1942/3 while this was carried out Several of the bridges in the Didcot/Hagbourne area were also strengthened and rebuilt

Although passenger trains between Didcot and Newbury were withdrawn in 1962, the line continued to be used by freight trains for a further four years and oil traffic to the north from the refinery at Fawley near Southampton was a regular feature In 1966 however, this traffic also was withdrawn, and the line was then dismantled The last passenger train was a re-routed Pines Express in May 1964, diverted due to a derailment at Reading West A section of the abandoned embankment towards Upton, now designated as a Sustrans route, has views across the town and countryside15

21st centuryedit

Didcot is currently home to around 26,000 people1 The new town centre, the Orchard Centre, was opened in August 200516 As part of the Science Vale Enterprise Zone, Didcot is surrounded by one of the largest scientific clusters in the United Kingdom There are a number of major science and technology campuses nearby, including the Culham Science Centre, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, and Milton Park17 The Diamond Light Source synchrotron, based at the Harwell Campus, is the largest UK-funded scientific facility to be built for over thirty years18

Didcot has been designated as one of the three major growth areas in Oxfordshire; the Ladygrove development, to the north and east of the railway line on the former marshland, is set to double the number of dwellings in the town since construction began in the late 1980s Originally, the Ladygrove development was planned to be complete by 2001, but the plans for the final section to the east of Abingdon Road were only announced in 2006 In anticipation of the completion of the Ladygrove development, a prolonged and contentious planning enquiry decided that a 3,200-dwelling development will now be built to the west of the town, partly overlapping the boundary with the Vale of White Horse19

In 2008 a new £8 million arts and entertainment centre, Cornerstone, opened within the Orchard Centre It contains exhibition and studio spaces, a cafe and a 236-seat auditorium Designed by Ellis William Architects, the centre is clad with silvered aluminium panels and features a Window Wall, used to connect the building with passing shoppers20

The United Kingdom government named Didcot a Garden town in 2015, the first existing town to gain this status, providing funding to support sustainable and environmentally-friendly town development over the coming 15 years21

Railwaysedit

See also: Didcot § 19th & 20th centuries: Introduction of the Railway

Didcot Railway Centreedit

Main article: Didcot Railway Centre

Formed by the Great Western Society in 1967 to house its collection of Great Western Railway locomotives and rolling stock, now housed in Didcot's 1932 built Great Western engine shedcitation needed

Didcot Parkway stationedit

The station was renamed Didcot Parkway in 1985 by British Rail and the site of the old GWR provender stores, which had been demolished in 1976, the provender pond was kept to maintain the water table was made into a large car park to attract passengers from the surrounding area An improvement programme for the forecourt of the station began in September 2012 and was expected to take around fifteen months This was viewed as being the first phase of better connecting the station to Didcot town centre22

Economyedit

Power stationsedit

Main article: Didcot Power Station Aerial view of Didcot Power Stations A centre and B extreme left

Didcot A Power Station between Didcot and Sutton Courtenay ceased generating electricity for the National Grid in March 2013 Country Life magazine once voted the power station the third worst eyesore in Britain23

Didcot Power Stations viewed from Wittenham Clumps

The power station cooling towers are visible from up to 30 miles 48 km awaycitation needed due to their location, but were designed with visual impact in mind six towers in two separated groups 05 miles 800 m apart rather than a monolithic 3x2 block, much in the style of what is sometimes called Didcot's 'sister' station – Fiddlers Ferry Power Station – at Widnes, Cheshire, constructed slightly earlier The power station had also proved a popular man-made object for local photographers

In October 2010, Didcot Sewage Works became the first in the UK to produce biomethane gas supplied to the national grid, for use in up to 200 homes in Oxfordshire24

On Sunday 27 July 2014 three of the six 114m high cooling towers were demolished in the early hours of the morning, using 180 kg of explosives The demolition was streamed live by webcam25

On Tuesday 23 February 2016, part of the boiler house building collapsed at Didcot Power Station; one person was declared dead, five injured and three missing All were believed to have been preparing the site for demolition26

On Sunday 17 July 2016, what remained of the structure was demolished in a controlled explosion The bodies of the three missing men were still in the remains at that time A spokesman said that because of the instability of the structure, it had not been possible to recover the three bodies Robots were used to place the explosive charges due to the danger and the site was demolished just after 6 o'clock in the morning BST

Car racingedit

Didcot has a strong connection with the Williams Grand Prix Engineering team as Frank Williams founded the team there in a former carpet warehouse in 19772728 After establishing themselves in Formula One, the factory, now including a small 'Williams Museum', moved within Didcot to a new factory on the Didcot A Power Station site on Basil Hill Road29 They stayed there until 1995 when they finally outgrew the site, moving to nearby Grove where they are based today In 2012 a new road through the new Great Western Park development in Didcot was named Sir Frank Williams Avenue in honour of Williams' contribution to the town30

The Didcot-built Williams FW06 from 1978, being raced at Silverstone in 2007

Didcot's link to the automotive industry was revived in 2015 when the head offices of the Bloodhound SSC team were moved to the new University Technical College UTC Oxfordshire site on the boundary between Didcot and Harwell The team are aiming to break the world land speed record with their supersonic car31

Agricultureedit

Opium poppies were being cultivated at Harwell in June 2009

Didcot is surrounded by farmland which has historically grown traditional British crops such as wheat and barley, sheep farming is also common in the area32 The area is also noted for farmers growing opium poppies for legal production of morphine and heroin to meet National Health Service demand3334 The poppies produced are sold to Macfarlan Smith, a major pharmaceutical company, who hold a licence from the United Kingdom Home Office35

Militaryedit

The British Army has a presence within the town at Vauxhall Barracks which is situated on the edge of town The regimental headquarters of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment RLC is based here36

Local government and representationedit

Until 1974 Didcot was in Berkshire, but was transferred to Oxfordshire in that year, and from Wallingford Rural District to the district of South Oxfordshire, becoming the largest town in the new district Didcot is also the largest town in the parliamentary constituency of Wantage, which has been represented since 2005 at Westminster by Ed Vaizey, Conservative

Didcot is a parish but has the status of a town It is administered by Didcot Town Council, which comprises 21 councillors representing the four wards in the town:

  • All Saints' 5 councillors
  • Park 5 councillors
  • Ladygrove 6 councillors
  • Northbourne 5 councillors

Healthedit

The district in England with the highest healthy life expectancy, according to an Office for National Statistics ONS study, is the 1990s-built Ladygrove Estate in Didcot37 While the average UK healthy lifespan was thought to be 688 for women and 67 for men in 2001, people in Ladygrove district of Didcot could expect 86 healthy years It is believed Ladygrove may have benefited from the local recreation grounds and sports centre3738

Educationedit

Didcot is served by six primary schools: All Saints' C of E, Ladygrove Park, Manor, Northbourne C of E, Stephen Freeman and Willowcroft Along with these 6 schools based in Didcot, a further 7 local village schools form the Didcot Primary Partnership: Blewbury Endowed C of E, Cholsey, Hagbourne, Harwell Community, Long Wittenham C of E and South Moreton Countycitation needed

There are three state-funded secondary schools in Didcot: St Birinus School and Didcot Girls' School are single-sex schools that join together at sixth form UTC Oxfordshire is a university technical college that opened in 2015 for students aged 14 to 19 years

Sport and leisureedit

Didcot Town Football Club's Station Road Ground in 1982

Didcot Town Football Club's home ground is the Draycott Engineering Loop Meadow Stadium on the Ladygrove Estate, having moved from their previous pitch off Station Road in 1999 to make way for the new supermarket development The club currently play in the 8th tier of the English Football League system Most notable achievements include winning the FA Vase in 2005 and reaching The FA Cup 1st Round in 2015

Didcot has three main leisure centres: Didcot Leisure Centre,39 Didcot Wave Leisure Pool40 and Willowbrook Leisure Centre41

Didcot has its own chapter of the Hash House Harriers42 The club started in 1986 the first run was on 8 April of that year

Didcot Cricket Club's current home ground is at Didcot Power Station in Sutton Courtenay43

Cornerstone, the new 278-seater multi-purpose arts centre, opened on 29 August 200844

Didcot Choral Society, founded in 1958, performs three concerts a year in various venues around the town as well as an annual tour Paris in 2008, Belgium in 200945

Didcot Dragons Korfball club was founded in 2003 The club has now expanded to two teams in the OKA Division 2 North They train in Willowbrook Leisure Centre in the winter, and St Birinus School in the summer

Didcot Phoenix cycle club46 was founded in 1973 and is represented by over 70 members who participate in a range of cycling activities including touring, time trials, road racing, Audax, cyclocross and off road events

The Didcot & District Table Tennis Association DDTTA was established in 1949 to promote the playing of table tennis in the Didcot area It organises an annual league competition containing affiliated teams from towns and villages across south Oxfordshire47

Didcot Runners is an AAA affiliated running club that meets every Tuesday & Thursday for group runs and fitness sessions at Didcot Town Football Club Its members participate in running races across the country48

Parks, gardens and open spacesedit

Didcot Town Council maintains the following:49

  • Edmonds Park
  • Loyd Recreation Park
  • Smallbone Recreation Park
  • Garden of Remembrance
  • Marsh Recreation Ground
  • Great Western Drive Park
  • Ladygrove Park and Lakes
  • Ladygrove woods
  • Ladygrove Skate Park
  • Mendip Heights Play Area
  • The Diamond Jubilee Garden
  • Broadway Gardens
  • Stubbings Land
  • Millennium wood at the Hagbourne Triangle
  • Cemetery, Kynaston Road

Didcot also has a nature reserve, Mowbray Fields, where wildlife including common spotted orchid and Southern Marsh Orchid occurcitation needed

Notable peopleedit

Didcot was the birthplace of William Bradbery, the first person to cultivate watercress commercially in the early 19th century50 Didcot is also the birthplace of former Reading and Oxford United manager Maurice Evans and one of Reading's most-capped football players Jerry Williams51 Figurative artist Rodney Gladwell was also born in the town in 192852 Air Commodore Russell La Forte CBE ADC was born in Didcot in 1960 and was commander of British armed forces in the South Atlantic Islands between 2013-15; he was a member of the Didcot Air Training Corps Air Cadets as a child5354

Matt Richardson, a comedian and television presenter known for hosting The Xtra Factor, grew up in Didcot555657 The band Radiohead are from nearby Abingdon and recorded four tracks of OK Computer in a converted apple shed on the outskirts of Didcot in 1996; the album has appeared frequently in critic's lists of the greatest albums of all time585960

In popular cultureedit

Didcot's synonymous connection with railways was noted in Douglas Adams and John Lloyd's humorous book the Meaning of Liff, published in 1983 The book, a "dictionary of things that there aren't any words for yet", referred to "a Didcot" as "The small, oddly-shaped bit of card which a ticket inspector cuts out of a ticket with his clipper for no apparent reason"61 Didcot is also referenced in Ricky Gervais' comedy feature film: David Brent: Life on the Road, the song "Lady Gypsy" on the film's soundtrack tells of a romantic meeting "by the lakeside, just south of Didcot"62

Nearby placesedit

Destinations from Didcot

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b "Didcot Oxfordshire, South East United Kingdom" City Population Retrieved 10 October 2014 
  2. ^ Dig discovers 9,000-year-old remains at Didcot Retrieved 2 January 2014
  3. ^ Didcot dig: A glimpse of 9,000 years of village life Retrieved 2 January 2014
  4. ^ "Ladygrove Estate Archaeological Evaluation, Oxford Archaeological Unit" PDF The Human Journey Retrieved 8 October 2014 
  5. ^ "Inside the Ashmolean" Oxford Mail Retrieved 9 March 2015 
  6. ^ "Didcot Hoard" British Museum Retrieved 9 March 2015 
  7. ^ Skeat, Walter W 1911 The Place Names of Berkshire 1st ed Oxford: Clarendon Press p 26 Retrieved 13 February 2015 
  8. ^ Vincent, James Edmund 1919 Highways and Byways in Berkshire 1st ed St Martin's Street, London: MacMillan and Co p 67 Retrieved 13 February 2015 
  9. ^ "Willington" Open Domesday University of Hull Retrieved 13 February 2015 
  10. ^ a b c Lingham, Brian 2014 Didcot Through Time Gloucester: Amberley Publishing Retrieved 13 February 2015 
  11. ^ "Didcot The Essential Guide" Issuu Issuu Digital Publishing Retrieved 9 March 2015 
  12. ^ "White Cottage" English Heritage Retrieved 9 March 2015 
  13. ^ The Railway Comes to Didcot 1st ed Sutton Publishing 1992 ISBN 075090092X  |access-date= requires |url= help
  14. ^ Sands, TB 1971 The Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway The Oakwood Library of Railway History Oakwood Press pp 6–7 OL28 
  15. ^ "Didcot, Wantage and The Ridgeway – Map" Sustrans 8 April 2013 Retrieved 2 July 2013 
  16. ^ "Oxfordshire's Big Apple" The Orchard Centre Retrieved 2 July 2013 
  17. ^ "Science Vale Information Sheet" PDF Science Vale Archived from the original PDF on 28 September 2014 Retrieved 12 November 2015 
  18. ^ "Diamond facility starts to shine" BBC News Retrieved 12 November 2015 
  19. ^ http://wwwsouthoxongovuk:8123/website/localplan/text/section10asp#DID2
  20. ^ Didcot receives new arts centre http://wwwworldarchitecturenewscom/indexphpfuseaction=wanapplnprojectview&upload_id=10416
  21. ^ "New garden towns to create thousands of new homes" Govuk United Kingdom Government Retrieved 1 July 2016 
  22. ^ "Didcot Station – Latest Developments – South Oxfordshire District Council" Southoxongovuk Retrieved 2 July 2013 
  23. ^ "Britain's Worst Eyesores" BBC News 13 November 2003 Retrieved 22 July 2016 
  24. ^ Shah, Dhruti 5 October 2010 "Oxfordshire town sees human waste used to heat homes" BBC News Retrieved 5 October 2010 
  25. ^ "Didcot power station towers demolished" BBC Oxford News 27 July 2014 Retrieved 27 July 2014 
  26. ^ "Didcot power station: one dead and three missing after building collapse" The Guardian 23 February 2016 Retrieved 23 February 2016 
  27. ^ "Williams still fighting at 600" Reuters Retrieved 18 March 2016 
  28. ^ "WILLIAMS GRAND PRIX ENGINEERING, December 1979 page 29" Motorsport Magazine Retrieved 18 March 2016 
  29. ^ "Williams' Old HQ at Didcot" The Williams Grand Prix Database Retrieved 18 March 2016 
  30. ^ "Formula One's 'Sir Frank Williams Avenue' is unveiled" BBC News BBC Retrieved 1 August 2016 
  31. ^ "1,000mph world record rocket car team moves into Oxfordshire headquarters" Oxfordshire Guardian Retrieved 18 March 2016 
  32. ^ "FARMS AROUND DIDCOT" Domesday Project 1986 BBC Retrieved 21 March 2016 
  33. ^ Duthel, Heinz February 2015 Illegal drug trade - The War on Drugs Books on Demand  |access-date= requires |url= help
  34. ^ Heyer & Harris-White 2009 he Comparative Political Economy of Development: Africa and South Asia Routledge p 197 Retrieved 21 March 2016 
  35. ^ Ffrench, Andrew September 2013 "Farmers go into legal drug business with poppy crops A poppy field Chris Lay" Oxford Mail Retrieved 21 March 2016 
  36. ^ "Vauxhall Barracks, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7EG" Completelytradeandindustrialcouk Retrieved 2 July 2013 
  37. ^ a b "Regional health gap 'is 30 years'" BBC News 9 September 2007 Retrieved 9 February 2012 
  38. ^ "Didcot: Where to enjoy a long healthy life" The Telegraph Retrieved 9 October 2014 
  39. ^ "Welcome to Didcot Leisure Centre" Betterorguk 1 July 2008 Archived from the original on 24 June 2013 Retrieved 2 July 2013 
  40. ^ "Welcome to Didcot Wave" Betterorguk 1 July 2008 Archived from the original on 24 June 2013 Retrieved 2 July 2013 
  41. ^ "Willowbrook Leisure Centre" Soll-leisurecouk Retrieved 2 July 2013 
  42. ^ "Didcot Hash House Harriers" Didcoth3org Retrieved 2 July 2013 
  43. ^ Didcot Cricket Club
  44. ^ "Didcot Herald – Doors thrown open at the £74m arts centre" Retrieved 22 August 2008 
  45. ^ "Didcot Choral Society" Didcot Choral Society 15 June 2013 Retrieved 2 July 2013 
  46. ^ "Didcot Phoenix Cycle Club" 
  47. ^ "Didcot & District Table Tennis Association" 
  48. ^ "Didcot Runners" 
  49. ^ "Parks Gardens and Lakes" Didcotgovuk Retrieved 5 April 2014 
  50. ^ "Man about towns: Comedian Mark Steel reveals why British towns are anything but boring" The Independent Retrieved 8 October 2014 
  51. ^ "Profile" Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database 
  52. ^ Spalding, Frances 1990 20th Century Painters and Sculptors, Antique Collectors Club, Woodbridge p207
  53. ^ Allen, Emily 18 December 2007 "Airman to serve the Queen" The Oxford Times Retrieved 29 July 2013 
  54. ^ "Trading places" pdf Royal Air Force News 26 April 2013 Retrieved 29 July 2013 
  55. ^ Matt Richardson 24 January 2013 "Hello I'm Matt" Mattrichardsoncomedycouk Retrieved 5 April 2014 
  56. ^ Moorin, Callum 26 September 2012 "Interview with Matt Richardson" cmoorincouk Archived from the original on 30 December 2013 Retrieved 5 April 2014 
  57. ^ Seamus Duff 29 August 2013 "Simon Cowell proudly announces X Factor series 10 – but forgets Matt Richardson's name" Metro News Retrieved 5 April 2014 
  58. ^ Doyle, Tom April 2008, "The Complete Radiohead", Q 
  59. ^ Footman, Tim 2007 Welcome to the Machine: OK Computer and the Death of the Classic Album ISBN 1-84240-388-5 
  60. ^ "162 OK Computer – Radiohead" Rolling Stone 2004 Archived from the original on 6 August 2011 Retrieved 5 August 2011 
  61. ^ Adams, Douglas; Lloyd, John 1983 The Meaning of Liff London: Pan Books p 39 ISBN 978-0-330-28121-8 
  62. ^ "Ricky Gervais character sings about Didcot in latest trailer for The Office film" Oxford Mail Retrieved 18 July 2016 

Further readingedit

  • Ditchfield, PH; Page, WH, eds 1923 A History of the County of Berkshire, Volume 3 Victoria County History pp 471–475 
  • Lingham, Brian 1979 The Long Years of Obscurity A History of Didcot, Volume One – to 1841 Didcot: BF Lingham ISBN 978-0-9506545-0-8 
  • Lingham, Brian 1992 Railway Comes to Didcot: A History of the Town Volume 2 – 1839 to 1918 Didcot: Sutton Publishing Ltd ISBN 978-0-7509-0092-8 
  • Lingham, Brian 2000 A Poor Struggling Little Town: A History of Didcot Volume 3 – 1918 to 1945 Didcot: Didcot Town Council 
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus 1966 Berkshire The Buildings of England Harmondsworth: Penguin Books pp 127–128 

External linksedit

  • Didcot Twinning Association
  • Didcotcom community website
  • Didcot Today – local community website
  • Didcot First
  • Future Didcot
  • 360° Panorama of Church interiors

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