Dadlington
Dadlington

Origin: The tun of Daeddel

Domesday: No mention

 

A small village built around an enormous square green. The small cottages, presumably once mainly the homes of agricultural labourers, have been restored sympathetically and overall the place has a very pleasant feel. Things were not always so, many of the dead from the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 were brought here for burial

 

The church has not been improved by the Victorian (concrete?) rendering over the original pale stone. The inside has fared better, although modernised by the Victorians (box pews removed etc) the result is simple but attractive.

 

dadlington2
dadlington1
dadlington3

Early records show that Thomas of Attleborough (my home parish) gave a rood of land at Dadlington to the monks of Hinckley Priory in 1275, and, more recently, the present organ in the church was previously in use at Chilvers Coton and was presumably played at my wedding there.

In the interim period my Merrick ancestors lived in the village, Daniel Merrick married Elizabeth Gee there in 1721. His son, Daniel was parish clerk in1781. His son, Thomas, was, for a short time, a soldier and subsequently Chelsea Pensioner and a farm worker. Other family members being stockeners (frame work knitters) and occasionally paupers. My branch of the Merrick family moved to Sutton Cheney in the late 1790s.

For a description of the village in the 1860s White's Directory of 1863 is attached