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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Pontesbury

Historical Forms

  • Pontesford' 1255-6(p),1291-2 Ass
  • Pontesford 1308 Ipm
  • Pontisford 1299,1490 Ipm
  • Puntesford, Pundesford 1271-2 Ass
  • Ponsforde 1440 Cl
  • Ponsford 1564 SBL7031 1577 Saxton 1615 SBL6822
  • Pontesford als Ponsford 1601 SBL12706
  • Poinsert 1551 PR(H)
  • Pontsford 1672 HTR
  • Pontsort 1799 Townson


Probably 'Pant's ford', with the same OE pers.n. as Pontesbury and Ponslith infra . The settlement is where the Shrewsbury road crosses a tributary of Rea Brook. The modern pronunciation is [pɔnsət].

Places in the same Parish