Dodderhill

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Dodderhill
Dodderhill Church - geograph.org.uk - 198725.jpg
St. Augustine's parish church
Dodderhill is located in Worcestershire
Dodderhill
Dodderhill
Location within Worcestershire
OS grid referenceSO901637
Civil parish
  • Dodderhill
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Worcestershire
52°17′01″N 2°07′30″W / 52.28365°N 2.124867°W / 52.28365; -2.124867Coordinates: 52°17′01″N 2°07′30″W / 52.28365°N 2.124867°W / 52.28365; -2.124867

Dodderhill is a village and civil parish, near Droitwich, Worcestershire, England, located on the River Salwarpe. The parish is bisected by the M5 motorway, constructed in 1962.[1] It is home to the Droitwich transmitting station in Wychbold.

History[edit]

One of the earliest mentions of Dodderhill is of the Saxon Royal Palace recorded in the Saxon Charter of AD 692.[2] There was once a Roman fort and later an Anglo-Saxon church. The parish church of St. Augustine's, is on the hill overlooking Droitwich Spa. It was completed in 1220 and rebuilt in the 18th century.[3] A possible ley tunnel is said by archeologists to lead from St Augustine’s, to Friar Street Droitwich Spa, part of a system of tunnels linking St Augustine’s and St Andrew’s churches.[4] (This 'tunnel' seems unlikely as it does not appear to have been located or mentioned when the railway and/or canal was built unless built after this time.

Notable people associated with Dodderhill include the MP Thomas Vernon, part of whose family estate was located in the parish; the royalist Sir Thomas Nott, who bought the manors of Sagebury and Obden in Dodderhill in 1637;[5] and the 'Salt King' and philanthropist John Corbett who built the Chateau Impney in 1873[6][7]

Schools[edit]

There is one school associated with the area which is known as Dodderhill School. This is a private (fee paying) school for girls only from age 3 to 16 years. The senior school is housed in the old vicarage of the church shown above. As of 2010 there are around 200 girls.

References[edit]

Media related to Dodderhill at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ Dodderhill Parish Survey project: Transport. Archived July 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 9 February
  2. ^ Dodderhill Parish Survey Project: History. Archived July 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 9 February 2010
  3. ^ Worcester BMSGH Retrieved 9 February 2010
  4. ^ Worcester News archives: Droitwich Spa tunnels. Retrieved 9 February 2010
  5. ^ Stephen Porter, ‘Nott, Sir Thomas (1606–1681)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004
  6. ^ Dodderhill Parish Survey project: People. Archived July 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 9 February 2010
  7. ^ Dodderhill Parish Survey project: Historic Places & Buildings. Archived March 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 9 February

Further reading[edit]

Skerrat, Robin (2000) Memories of Wychbold before the Motorway.

Dodderhill Parish Council