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.

Ford Abbey

Early-attested site in the Parish of Thorncombe

Historical Forms

  • Ford(a) 1136 Oliver 1340


The ford was over the Axe. In the foundation charter (Oliver 342) it is stated that the site was then called Hartescath , 'sed nunc Forda dicitur.' v. heorot , sceaga .

Places in the same Parish