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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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Elton

Historical Forms

  • Derneforde 1164 BM 1279 RH
  • water of Dernford 1589 FF


'Hidden ford' (v. dierne , ford ). So effectually is it hidden that none is marked on the O.S. map, but it may be presumed that it was where a foot-path leads away from the river-bank just across the Nen from Elton village.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Major Settlement