Why move to Deddington?
The countryside around Deddington is scattered with lovely Oxfordshire stone villages, including Kingham with Daylesford Organics close by, together with the Great Tew Estate and Soho Farmhouse just a 10-minute drive away. A little further afield are Woodstock and Blenheim Palace, the birthplace and ancestral home of Winston Churchill, plus the city of Oxford with its historic colleges and museums. Also within reach is Stratford-upon-Avon, with its Shakespeare museums, theatres and excellent shopping facilities.
A little bit of history
Deddington is believed to have been a prosperous market town since around the 12th century, though there is evidence of earlier occupation. The town grew wealthy in the 1500s, likely due to the excellent quality of the soil, and the area became very popular for farming. Later, the roads around the village became popular turnpikes, with travellers needing to pay a toll to pass. In the 18th century the town became famous for its clock makers, from the Quaker community.
Architecture and property
The village comprises some beautiful ancient honey coloured Hornton stone buildings set around the historic Market Place, some of which date back to the 17th century. The housing stock includes small village cottages together with larger period homes set in lovely gardens.
Shopping and amenities
Shopping in Deddington village is within mostly independent shops, including a delicatessen (Eagles), florist, boutiques and a coffee shop (Foodies). There is also the beautiful parish church of St Peter and Paul and a Grade II-listed historic town hall. A fantastic farmers' market is held in the Market Place on the fourth Saturday of each month and creates a real buzz with stalls selling organic local produce. There are a wealth of clubs and societies to join within the community. Bicester Village designer outlet shopping centre is also nearby.
Restaurants in Deddington are surprisingly diverse for a small town, including a range of lovely characterful pubs and cafes. Locals love The Crown & Tuns for its excellent pies, though there’s also a Chinese restaurant and takeaway, The Deddington Arms, the Unicorn and The Red Lion. There’s also Eagles and Foodies for deli items and takeaways. In North Aston, there’s a fantastic yurt café at Nicholson’s garden centre and nursery, while The Boxing Hare en route to Chipping Norton is one of the best pubs in the area.
To the west of Deddington are the Cotswold Hills, providing ample opportunity for walking, riding and other country pursuits. For locals, Deddington Castle (now demolished, but evidence can be seen) is a popular dog walking spot just to the east of the village centre. About 12 minutes’ drive away is the Great Tew estate, where there is lovely countryside to be found and a café and shooting school.
There is a primary school in Deddington village, with a number of additional schools near Deddington and the surrounding area. These include day and boarding school Bloxham, renowned girls’ school Tudor Hall, Thornton College, Carrdus Prep and Kingham Hill (both co-ed). There are more prep school options in Northamptonshire including Winchester House School, Bruern Abbey and Beachborough School.
Transport in Deddington is surprisingly convenient as the village has easy access to the M40 motorway at Junction 10, and excellent train services to London Marylebone and Birmingham from either Banbury, Oxford Parkway or Bicester North stations. From Banbury, trains take about 56 minutes, or the drive to London is around 90 minutes.