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.

Stake Ford Cross

Early-attested site in the Parish of Yetminster

Historical Forms

  • Stakyforde (fontem de Stakyforde) 1350 DCMDeed
  • Stakeford' 1398 Sher
  • Stokeford (sic) m(ead) 1671 SalisT
  • Gt Stakeford (Mead) & Lt Stakeford (Mead) 1840 TA


Stake Ford Cross (ST 614100), named from Stakyforde (fontem de Stakyforde )1350DCMDeed , Stakeford '1398Sher , Stokeford (sic)m (ead )1671SalisT , Gt Stakeford (Mead ) & Lt Stakeford (Mead )1840TA , 'ford marked out by stakes', v. staca , ford . On the par. bdy, so the stakes may well have marked the bdy between the three pars. that meet here. A route E out of the village (East Lane infra , earlier probably Douneweye ) crosses a now unnamed stream (earlier Humber , v. TA f.ns. in Leigh par. supra ) just after forming a crossroads (hence cross ) with a N-S route.