Didcot

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Coordinates: 51°36′23″N 1°14′28″W / 51.6063°N 1.2410°W / 51.6063; -1.2410

Didcot
Didcot is located in Oxfordshire
Didcot
 Didcot shown within Oxfordshire
Population 25,231 
OS grid reference SU525900
    - London  54.7m 
Civil parish Didcot
District South Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DIDCOT
Postcode district OX11
Dialling code 01235
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Wantage
Website Didcot Town Council
List of places
UK
England
Oxfordshire

Didcot is a town in Oxfordshire about 10 miles (16 km) south of Oxford. Till 1974 it was part of Berkshire.

History and economy[change | change source]

During the Roman Empire the Romans dug a ditch that runs north through what is now known as the Ladygrove area north of the town near Long Wittenham.

Didcot first appears in historical records in the 13th century as Dudcotte, Berkshire. Parts of the original village still exist in the Lydalls Road area and part of All Saints' Church dates back to the 11th century.

Railways[change | change source]

The Great Western Railway, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, reached Didcot in 1839. In 1844 the Didcot railway station was opened. The original station burnt down in the later part of 19th century.

Didcot - a railway town.

Didcot is junction of the routes to London, Bristol, Oxford and to Southampton. That meant that the town had 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.

Power stations[change | change source]

The Didcot Power Stations (which are next to each other, and actually in Sutton Courtenay) supply electricity to the National Grid. The power station has also proved a popular man-made object for local photographers.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Lingham, Brian (1979). The Long Years of Obscurity. A History of Didcot, Volume One - to 1841. Didcot: BF Lingham. ISBN 9780950654508.
  • Lingham, Brian (1992). Railway Comes to Didcot: A History of the Town (Volume 2) - 1839 to 1918. Didcot: Sutton Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9780750900928.
  • Lingham, Brian (2000). A Poor Struggling Little Town: A History of Didcot (Volume 3) - 1918 to 1945. Didcot: Didcot Town Council. ISBN none.

Other websites[change | change source]