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Survey of English Place-Names

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Postford Ho and Mill

Early-attested site in the Parish of St Martha's

Historical Forms

  • Possedeford 1241 Ass 1332 SR 1398 Ct
  • Postfordebrigge 1515 Ct
  • Postford al. Possedford 1647 Rental


Postford Ho and Mill is Possedeford 1241Ass , 1332 SR (both p), 1398Ct , Postfordebrigge 1515Ct , Postford al. Possedford 1647Rental . The forms are too late for any certainty.A possible solution is as follows: Ekwall adduces good evidence (PN in -ing 38) for a personal name *Pos (s )a , found also in Possingworth (PN Sx 407). There may have been an -ede derivative of this name, cf. Monnede , Luhhede , Lullede , Ucede (Redin 161–2) and Wipped . Hence 'Possede 's ford.'

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name

Major Settlement