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.

Great Warford

Major Settlement in the Parish of Alderley

Historical Forms

  • Wareford 1086 DB
  • Wereford e13 Dieul 1525 ChRR
  • Magna Wereford 1288 Court
  • Wereforde 1285 ib
  • Werford 1285 1557 ChRR
  • Magna Werford 1287 Court, JRL
  • Magnum Werford 1411 Chol
  • Mucle Werford 1317 Plea
  • Qwerford 1286 Eyre
  • Warefeld 1471 MinAcct
  • (Great) Warford 1511 ChRR
  • Warford Magna 1710 Dow
  • Warfort 1529 Plea
  • Warfurthe 1554 MinAcct


'Weir ford', from wer (wær 1 , waru 1 ) and ford , with magna , micel , grēat . This township represents one of the three divisions of the DB manor of Wareford (cf. Little Warford and Old Warford 335 infra ), which was then in Bucklow Hundred, v. Orm2 i487. The location of the ford is uncertain, but it may have been at Sandle Bridge 334infra .Part of Great Warford formerly abutted upon Ollerton (cf. Old Warford ), because situm molendini in villa de Magna Werford and molendinum de Magna Werford c.1280, c.1290 JRL are described as 'a watermill in the township of Magna Werford , with the site of a mill-dam made or to be made, for the diversion of water to the mill, upon the stream between Magna Werford and Holreton '1319 Orm2 iii585, and this can hardly be Colthurst Mill 330infra .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement