History Introduction

Dilwyn has been thought to be Old English (Anglo Saxon) for a hidden place. This is based on 2 of the 4 names for Dilwyn that appear in the Domesday Book i.e. Dilge. However, Dilge appears to refer to Sollers Dilwyn and Little Dilwyn and not the main manor of Dilwyn. This manor was shown in the other 2 entries as Diluen. This is more likely to be a Normanised version of a celtic (Welsh) name. It should be remembered that Welsh (the anglo-saxon name for the celtic language) was widely spoken in the area up to the time of the English Civil War.

Domesday is possibly the earlest written record found for our parish. However, these records do show that anglo-saxon communities were well established in the parish before the Normans arrived. So our history well pre-dates the Normans and may well extend back close to that of neighbouring Weobley which claims establishment in the very late 6th century.

We can only generalise about some of Dilwyn's history, as being just a small village, there is not always a great deal of documentation available for some periods and subjects.

We will continue to add to the history section as information becomes available and time permits.
If you have any information on the history of Dilwyn then we would be more than grateful to receive it.

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