The hamlet name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means Dodda's Ford in modern English. Although originally in the parish of Biddlesden, the hamlet was annexed to Stowe in the 17th century to provide extra living accommodation for the servants of the new manor house.
The hamlet still exists today, though it remains quite small in size. It has never had a public house but did have a shop and post office until the 1980s. It has retained an iconic red telephone kiosk. 
- Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 152 Northampton & Milton Keynes (Buckingham & Daventry) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319231715.
- "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
- Mills, A.D. (2011) [first published 1991]. A Dictionary of British Place Names (First edition revised 2011 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 145. ISBN 9780199609086.
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