Sculptor Antony Gormley is to receive a knighthood, Met Office chief scientist Professor Julia Slingo will become a dame and broadcaster Nicholas Parsons and actor Michael Crawford will both receive CBEs. For services to Cartography and voluntary service to the National Autistic Society and the Boys' Brigade. Life president, Federation for Detached Youth Work, Leicester and Chair of Trustees, Belvedere Community Activity Centre, Liverpool. (Liverpool, Merseyside)Professor Robin Anthony Jeffery Eady. For services to the Unemployed and the community in Epsom, Surrey. General Practitioner and Medical director, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.
The original station burnt down in the late 19th century.
Although longer, a cheaper-to-build line to Bristol would have been through Abingdon farther north, but the landowner the first Lord Wantage is reputed to have prevented that alignment.
For services to Social and Economic Development in Northern Ireland. Head of Operations, Washington, Tyne and Wear, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Research in the Medical Sciences and to the Public Understanding of Science. Scientific director, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Clinical director, NIHR Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Cooperative. For services to Education and voluntary service to the Girl Guides in Darlington. For services to British defence and security industry interests in Turkey.
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Didcot village was on the route between London and Wantage (present day Wantage Road) and had three turnpikes (toll gates).
These brought in revenue for local landowners and gentry and operated between 17 when they were abolished due to the growing use of the railway.
Didcot was not explicitly named in the Domesday Book; the closest recorded settlement was Wibalditone, with 21 inhabitants and a church, whose name possibly survives in Willington's Farm on the edge of Didcot's present-day Ladygrove Estate.
At that time the village centre consisted of a collection of small houses and surrounding farms around Manor, Foxhall and Lydalls Roads; those still standing include The Nook, Thorney Down Cottage and Manor Cottage, which were all constructed in the early to mid-17th century.
The area around present-day Didcot has been inhabited for at least 9000 years; a large-scale archaeological dig between 20 produced finds from the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Iron Age and Bronze Ages.
During the Roman era the inhabitants of the area tried to drain the marshland by digging ditches through what is now the Ladygrove area north of the town near Long Wittenham, evidence of which was found during surveying in 1994.
Miss Keith, who has already received an OBE and a CBE, added: ‘I sort of feel elated, exhausted and thrilled. I don’t know what is better than the icing on the cake, but this is.’ ‘To accept such an award after only a decade of service to music and charity comes as a wonderful surprise,’ she said. Librarian and director general, Information Services, House of Commons. For services to International Development and Humanitarian Assistance in Pakistan. For services to Mediation in the Workplace and to the community in West Lothian. Lead Professional Dietician and Allied Health Professions Lead for Hospital Services, South Eastern Trust. Senior Adviser, Verde Xchange Institute and Member, Board of Governors, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, USA.