English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Didcot Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Beckford

Historical Forms

  • æt Dydinc cotan 11th BCS542 967 ib
  • Dudicot(a), Dudicote 1100–35,1106,1179 Tewk71,72d,81 1177 BM
  • Dudecote 1325 FF 1327 SR
  • Didicot 12 Ch 1300
  • Dydecote 1327 SR
  • Dyddycote 1570 FF
  • Didcote, Dydcote 1471 Surv 1517 InqEncl 1540 AOMB


'Dyda's cottage', v. ing 4 , cot . On the OE  pers.n. Dyd (d )a cf. Didbrook (9supra ), 4 miles away over Dumbleton Hill; the identification of Dydinc cotan is not certain, as it appears in a Pendock (Wo) charter; the place appears, however, to have been a separate unit from Pendock, and to have been a dependency of Overbury (Wo 153), 3 miles WNW of Didcot; Overbury is included in the charter (Grundy (Wo) 29).