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.


Early-attested site in the Parish of South Brent

Historical Forms

  • cyric forda, of cyric forda c.970 BCS1247
  • Chereforda 1086 DB
  • Churcheford 1412 Ass
  • Churforde 1426 DA
  • Chircheford 1543 Recov


Probably 'church-ford,' i.e. perhaps 'ford on the way to the church' (cf. Ekwall, Studies 40).