The Great Western Railway, engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, reached Didcot in 1839.
Didcot was then a rural Berkshire village, and it remained so for centuries, only occasionally appearing in records.At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, Didcot was much smaller than several surrounding villages, including Harwell and Long Wittenham, which are now dwarfed by modern Didcot.A hoard of 126 gold Roman coins dating to around 160 CE was found just outside the village in 1995 by an enthusiast with a metal detector; this is now displayed at the Ashmolean Museum on loan from the British Museum.The name is believed to be derived from that of Dida, a 7th-century Mercian sub-king who ruled the area around Oxford and was the father of Saint Frithuswith or Frideswide, now the patron saint of both Oxford and Oxford University.Didcot village was on the route between London and Wantage (present day Wantage Road) and had three turnpikes (toll gates).
These brought in revenue for local landowners and gentry and operated between 17 when they were abolished due to the growing use of the railway.
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The original station burnt down in the late 19th century.
Although longer, a cheaper-to-build line to Bristol would have been through Abingdon farther north, but the landowner the first Lord Wantage is reputed to have prevented that alignment.
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