Place:Didcot, Berkshire, England

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NameDidcot
Alt namesDudcottsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeTown
Coordinates51.617°N 1.25°W
Located inBerkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inOxfordshire, England     (1974 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Didcot is a town and civil parish in Oxfordshire about south of Oxford. Until 1974 it 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.

History and economy

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The area around present-day Didcot has been inhabited for at least 9000 years, a large scale archaeological dig between 2010-2013 produced finds from the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Iron Age and Bronze Age.

The Romans tried to drain the marshland by digging the ditch that runs north through what is now the Ladygrove area north of the town near Long Wittenham.

The earliest known historical record of Didcot is from the 13th century when it was recorded as Dudcotte. The name is believed to be derived from that of the local abbot. Didcot was then a rural Berkshire village with a population of about 100 and remained that way for centuries, only occasionally appearing in records. Parts of the original village still exist in the Lydalls Road area and part of the Church of England parish church of All Saints dates from the 11th century. Didcot was much smaller than several surrounding villages, which are now dwarfed by modern Didcot.

There are now a number of major scientific employers nearby including the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at Culham (and the Joint European Torus (JET) fusion research project), Harwell Laboratory, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (the research council responsible for Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) and the Diamond Light Source synchrotron, which is the largest UK-funded scientific facility to be built for over 30 years

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

History

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

The area around present-day Didcot has been inhabited for at least 9000 years, a large scale archaeological dig between 2010-2013 produced finds from the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Iron Age and Bronze Age.

The Romans tried to drain the marshland by digging the ditch that runs north through what is now the Ladygrove area north of the town near Long Wittenham.

The earliest known historical record of Didcot is from the 13th century when it was recorded as Dudcotte. The name is believed to be derived from that of the local abbot. Didcot was then a rural Berkshire village with a population of about 100 and remained that way for centuries, only occasionally appearing in records. Parts of the original village still exist in the Lydalls Road area and part of the Church of England parish church of All Saints dates from the 11th century. Didcot was much smaller than several surrounding villages, which are now dwarfed by modern Didcot.

There are now a number of major scientific employers nearby including the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at Culham (and the Joint European Torus (JET) fusion research project), Harwell Laboratory, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (the research council responsible for Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) and the Diamond Light Source synchrotron, which is the largest UK-funded scientific facility to be built for over 30 years

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

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