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


In 1894 large parts of the Shaftesbury parishes 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 of Cann being transferred to the borough in 1920, and parts of both Cann and Motcombe (Enmore Green) in 1933.

Major Settlements