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Survey of English Place-Names

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Ratford Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Petworth

Historical Forms

  • Retford 1249 FF
  • La Rudeford, Redeford 1279 Ass
  • Rotford c.1280 Perc 1288 Ass 1340 FF 1341 Ass 1348 Perc
  • Rotteford 1305 Perc
  • Ratford(e) 1296,1327 SR


Dr Schram suggests that this may be a compound of OE  hreod and ford, hence 'reedy ford.' The d has been unvoiced to t before f as in Bede's Hreutford . For interchange of o and a cf. other parallels s. v. hreod in EPN.