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Ford

Parish in the County of Shropshire

Historical Forms

  • Forde 1086 DB
  • La Forde 1291-2 Ass 1453,6 Fine
  • La Ford 1447,54 Fine
  • Fordes 1252 Ch 1378 Pat
  • Furde 1255 RH
  • Forthe 1322,75 Pat
  • Fourd 1562 SBL13455
  • Foord 1600 PR(H) 1672 PR(H)
  • Foorde 1620 PR(H)
  • Foard 1703 SBL6042
  • Fordesham 1283 Ipm 1322 Fine 1342 Pat 1491 Ipm
  • Forthesham 1322 Pat
  • Fordeshome 1366 Cl 1807 SBL
  • Fordeshom 1409 Pat
  • Foordshome 1518 SBL86 1635 SBL151
  • Fowrdisholme 1575 SBL68
  • Fordshome 1613 SBL6814
  • Ford als Fordeshome 1601 SBL12706 1699 SBL87
  • Ford or Fordhome 1772 SBL
  • Ford otherwise Fordshome 1807 SBL
  • Asteleyhome 1429,30 Fine
  • Worfeldhome Eliz SBLMS292
  • Worfield Home 1699 PR(L)

Etymology

'Ford'. The reference is most likely to be to a made-up crossing place where the Welshpool road crosses Cardeston Brook, S. of the village. The 6″ map has the name Welshman's Ford here.

The variant spellings correspond fairly closely to those given in NED for the noun ford . This and the occasional use of the French definite article indicate that the meaning was never forgotten.

Places in this Parish

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