Place:Didmarton, Gloucestershire, England

Alt namesDedmertonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 112
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates51.583°N 2.25°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoGrumbalds Ash (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
Cotswold (district), Gloucestershire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been located since 1974
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Didmarton is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. It lies in the Cotswold District.

A military survey of Didmarton in 1522 shows that it was then a very small village, overshadowed by the neighbouring Oldbury-on-the-Hill.

In the 16th century, the manor of Didmarton was owned by the Seacole family. In 1571, Simon Codrington married Agnes, daughter and co-heiress of Richard Seacole, and the estate thus passed to their son Robert Codrington. It was sold to Charles Somerset, 4th Duke of Beaufort, in about 1750, but has had a succession of other owners since then.

Together with Oldbury, the parish was subject to enclosure in 1829. In 1883, the civil parish of Oldbury-on-the-Hill was abolished and the area merged with Didmarton.

A 19th century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Didmarton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"DIDMARTON, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Tetbury [registration] district, Gloucester. The village stands on the verge of the county, under the Cotswolds, 5½ miles SW of Tetbury, and 8 E by S of Wickwar [railway] station; and has a post office under Chippenham. Its site is supposed to have been occupied by a Roman station; and has yielded a number of Roman coins. The parish comprises 719 acres. Real property: £1,194. Population: 92. Houses: 16. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Oldbury-on-the-Hill, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church is early English, and has a wooden steeple. Charities, £11.
"The sub-district contains six parishes. Acres: 9,382. Population: 1,470. Houses, 313."

Local names

Parish registers from 1674 to 1991 are held at the Gloucestershire Record Office.

Surnames in the marriages register for 1675 to 1751 are: Acton, Allen, Biggs, Bishop, Brooks, Brush, Burcombe, Byrton, Carey, Chapman, Chappel(l), Codrington, Collings, Davies, Drew, Emely, Frith, Gingill, Harris, Hatchett, Heaven, Iddols, Kingscott, Lewis, Milsum, Minchin, Porter, Powel, Power, Robbins, Scrope, Shipton, Smart, Sparkes, Taunton, Thompson, Walls, Watts, Weekes, White, and Witchell.

The surnames recorded in the parish graveyard, and in that of the Didmarton Congregational church, include: Baker, Bickerton, Borham, Cox, Gould, Lucas, Pritchard, Short, Rice, Robbins, Till, and Tuck.

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