English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Parish in the County of Dorset


The present par. is a comparatively recent formation. In 1894 large parts of the Shaftesbury pars. of St James and Holy Trinity were transferred to Cann for civil purposes, and at the same date parts of Cann were included in the borough of Shaftesbury, further parts being transferred to the borough in 1920 and 1933.

Major Settlements