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Early-attested site in the Parish of Whitestone

Historical Forms

  • (of) Halsforda c.1100 Earle
  • Halsford, Halesford 1275 RH
  • Halesford 1276 Ipm
  • Halsford 1285 FA 1331 FF
  • Halseford juxta Whyteston 1303 FA
  • Halseord 1274 RH


Probably 'ford by the neck of land,' with the element heals discussed in Addenda, Part i, lviii. There is a long ridge here between the Alphin and the Nadder streams.