Dedworth is one of Windsor’s suburbs. Located to the west of town beyond Clewer, it has Saxon origins and the name can be translated into modern English as “Ded’s (or Dydda’s) Farm.”
However there is evidence of Roman occupation in the parish. A Roman lamp found on St Leonard’s Hill was adopted as the crest of the Society of Antiquaries.
Legend says that the last wolf in Windsor forest was killed in Dedworth, hence the name Wolf Lane for one of the village streets.
Locally it has the jokey, but somewhat insulting nickname ‘Dead Rough’, but this is pretty unfair as Dedworth is a relatively quiet and well kept area.
Curiously, in the 1930s another nickname (spoken by Dedworth residents themselves) was ‘Kafferland’. The actual roots of this nickname are long forgotten, but the best guess is that a sizeable population of ex-soldiers who had fought in the Boer war moved here and brought the nickname with them.
In Dedworth today All Saints Church is visited by art lovers for the stained glass windows. In the 1860s three of the pre-raphellite brotherhood of artists created new windows for the church that was being built here.
The Nativity by Burne Jones, The Crucifixion by Rossetti and The Resurrection by William Morris adorned the Chancel window. When the old church was pulled down and replaced, in 1971 the windows were kept and are still on display today at All Saint’s, Dedworth Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4JW.
Dedworth is also home to a mid-sized Tesco supermarket.
St. Leonard’s Hill, which dominates the landscape in the same way that Castle Hill dominates Windsor was once the country retreat of Prime Minister William Pitt. An elegant country house was built on the top of the hill in the following years when the home was owned by Maria Waldegrave, wife of the Duke of Gloucester. Other note able residents included former Prime Minister Henry Greville, the 3rd Earl Harcourt and Sir Edward Tress Barry.
The house was partly demolished in the early 20th century and in 1942 the land was purchased by local businessman Reginald Try, founder of the Windsorian Motor Coach Company. the Try family keep the hilltop, complete with atmospheric ruins as a private wilderness area.