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Survey of English Place-Names

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Ford Coppice & Ford Fm, Fordwater

Early-attested site in the Parish of Chardstock

Historical Forms

  • la Forde 1537 Digby
  • Forde 1601 DCMCt
  • Ford 1647 HarlCh
  • Fordwater 1811 OS
  • Ford Water 1842 TAMap
  • atte Water 1423 AddRoll 1427 Salis
  • Stratforde 1414 Cl


Ford Coppice & Ford Fm, Fordwater (ST 316025), la Forde 1537Digby , Forde 1601DCMCt , Ford 1647HarlCh , Fordwater 1811 OS, Ford Water 1842TAMap , cf. Fordelese 1405Salis , 1423AddRoll , Fordelez 1537Digby , Ford (e )mede 1423, 1424AddRoll , Ford Mdw 1839TA , '(place at) the ford', v. ford , wæter , lǣs , mǣd . William atte Water 1423AddRoll , 1427Salis , may also belong here. The ford in question was a crossing of the unnamed stream, flowing S from Chardstock, by the Ilminster- Axminster Roman road ('Fosse Way'); it is no doubt to be identified with Stratforde 1414 Cl, 'ford on a Roman road', v. strǣt .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement