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Didcot has a remote antiquity, one that stretches back over the past two thousand or more years. At the time of the Roman Conquest, the future parish was probably an area of part farmland, wood and marsh, but the greater emphasis was on marsh; which comprised practically half of the future Didcot. This marshland, which covered the low-lying land to the north of the modern railway, stretched from Sutton Courtenay in the west, (where it was known as Sutton Moor, a wild and desolate place, in later centuries), to Didcot, known simply as the Marsh, and further east as East Hagbourne Marsh. It continued on to Fulscott and the Moretons. And it was this marsh that decided that the first and all subsequent settlements should be sited on a well-watered wooded ridge that arose from the marsh. Its very probable that Didcot is one of the earliest settlements in this immediate area.
Today, the parish church (which sits on the highest point) and the houses and streets of the old village still straddle the southern incline of that ridge. The first settlement was Iron Age in origin, which after the Conquest became Romano-British; though it is impossible to say how large or for how long this community existed. The evidence of pottery found seems to suggest an existence to the second and third centuries. Several hundred-pottery shards have been found plus other material, a coffin, coins and a bronze brooch in a field that lies immediately east of the church. A Saxon settlement followed, dating to the 7th or 8th centuries. This farm or early village, however, was called Wibaldeston or ‘Wigbald’s farm, not Didcot; and it is this place- name that appears in the entry in the Domesday Inquest of 1086. The name passed from use about 1200 in favour of Didcot. Therefore Didcot is probably a late Saxon name, being derived from ‘Dydda’s or Dudda’s cot’ or cottage, and very probably post-dates the Norman Conquest. The village, until recent times, up to the end of the 19th century, was known as Dudcot or Dudcote.
After the Norman Conquest the manor passed to Henry de Ferrers, one of William the Conqueror’s chief barons. He, in turn, gave Didcot to Nigel de Albini, his son in law, who was Lord of the Honour of Cainhoe, in Bedfordshire. Nigel held this great Honour, which was centred on the castle at Cainhoe. Nigel’s grandson, Robert, who held the Honour in 1140, became a supporter of King Stephen during that most bloody and ferocious civil war between Queen Matilda and the latter. The Upper Thames valley, owing to the strategic value of the castles at Wallingford and Oxford, became an important military centre. Didcot, and most other local villages, suffered heavily during the course of this war. One authority dates the nave walls of All Saints church to circa 1160; and it may well be that the church mentioned in Domesday, and the village were destroyed during the course of the war. The explanation lies in the military situation of the area: Wallingford Castle was held by Brien Fitzcount for Queen Matilda, and to maintain the castle in a position of strength the surrounding countryside had to be raided for supplies. The castle was also besieged several times – living at Didcot before 1300 could be hazardous!
We will collect the scrap car from Didcot or the surrounding area and dispose of it through our nationwide network of 23 fully licensed Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) Sites who will scrap your car in line with End of Life (ELV) Legislation, and provide you with a Certificate of Destruction which we file online with the DVLA. So you can rest assured your car has been scrapped legally.
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