Barford probably means barley ford – a place to cross the river at harvest time.
In 1086 it was known as Bereford, and by around 1250 as Bereford Sancti Michaelis.
There was also a Deddington Castle dating mostly to the 11th-14th centuries but this is now just a grass mound.
The walk starts in the Market Place, heads south-east and then loops north to Clifton.
Before 1667, however, the house and various closes passed to John Cartwright of Aynho, and was absorbed in his other property in the parish. 145) Deddington is a pretty village with an attractive market place.
Deddington Parish Church first appears in historical records in 1254.
The website was initially compiled as a personal record of walks we have recently taken within 30 miles or so of Bloxham – mostly very much closer.
Some of the church is Norman but much of the rest was rebuilt in the 13th century in the Early English style The second half of the walk runs alongside a disused airfield: RAF Barford St John’s .I share the pages on the understanding that users perform their own risk-assessments: we accept no responsibility for any injury sustained by people undertaking the walks.Common sense tells you to make sure you wear good walking shoes, take plenty of water, an OS Map and a mobile phone.In 1943 it was used for test flights of the first jet, the Gloucester Whittle, and it’s successor the Meteor.The airfield was mothballed in 1946 but has subsequently assumed a role in government communications as evidenced by the many aerials dotted across it. In the snow it is a mass of slithering humanity utilising gravity assisted motion on sleds, trays and polythene bags!