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.

Wolford Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Dunkeswell

Historical Forms

  • Wlforthe 1196 Oliver 1206 ClR
  • Wilforcherch 1205 ChR
  • Wlfereckirch' 1215 ChR
  • Wulferetherth (sic) 1227 Oliver
  • Wulferchirche 1237 Cl
  • Wlfercherch' 1290 Ch
  • Wullforde churche 1496 Oliver
  • Woolford Church 1783 Recov
  • Wolverchirche Downe 1545 CtAugm
  • Woolverchurch Downe 1709 Recov


The earliest form gives us a simple name for this place, viz. 'wolf-ford,' later expanded to 'wolf-ford church.' According to Polwhele “the name of Wolford church is sunk in that of Wolford Lodge. Near the house was anciently a chapel or church of which the walls partly remain.”