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Survey of English Place-Names

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Dowrich Ho

Early-attested site in the Parish of Sandford

Historical Forms

  • Douerigge 1238 Ass
  • Est Dourygge, West Dourygge 1349 FF
  • Dowrigge 1422 IpmR
  • Duris, Dowryz, Durisse 1256 Ass
  • Douriz 1303 FA
  • Dourysshe 1483 IpmR


This was probably a stream-name, originally identical with Doferic (Wo), a derivative of the British dubro - (W  dwfr ), 'water' (cf. Ekwall RN 136, Blomé 131). The name must have been used of the stream which unites with Holly Water to form the Creedy river.