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Survey of English Place-Names

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Early-attested site in the Parish of Sidmouth

Historical Forms

  • Boluortone 1260 DA
  • Bolferton 1330 SR
  • Bulverton c.1520,1523 Ct
  • Bulverton hyll 1525 AOMB


There is no ford near, so the otherwise plausible 'bull-ford-farm' seems impossible. There are OE  names Buleferð , Bultfrið , which, from a form Buleferðingtun or Bultfriðingtun , might give rise to a later Boluortuna .

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement