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.

Old Fordey Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Soham

Historical Forms

  • Fordey(lake) 1480,1526 StJohn's
  • Great Fordey 1541 Spinney
  • Fordy 1604 Atkyns
  • Fordea 1636 BedL
  • Little Fordey 1541 Spinney


Old Fordey Fm is Fordey (lake )1480, 1526StJohn 's , Great Fordey 1541Spinney , Fordy 1604Atkyns , Fordea 1636 BedL. New Fordey Fm (6″) is Little Fordey 1541Spinney . 'Low-lying land by the ford,' v. ford , ēg . An old chalk and gravel ford through the Ouse has been discovered by the site of Little Thetford Chapel, with a piled causeway in the peat leading to it from Fordey, v. CAPr xxxiii, 112.