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Major Settlement in the Parish of Floore

Historical Forms

  • Flora 1086 DB 1155–8 Ch 1329
  • Flore 1086 DB 1472 ADiv
  • Floure 1330 Cl
  • Flower 1535 VE 1675 Ogilby 1702 Poll 1779 F
  • Flore al. Flower 1685 Recov


It is tempting to believe that this place was named from some forgotten Roman flor or tessellated pavement (IPN 143). The parish is bounded by Watling Street, and in the south of the neighbouring parish of Nether Heyford such a pavement has been unearthed (Morton 527–8). Cf. also Flower Fm in Godstone (Sr), le Flore 13th AD ii, Flore 1274 FF, 1332 SR (p), Flower al. Flore 1738Recov , near which is a place called Stratton and an old Roman road. The spelling flower represents the regular dialectal pronunciation of floor .

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site