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.

Grandford Ho, Grandford Drove

Early-attested site in the Parish of March


Grandford Ho, Grandford Drove (6″). Cf. Granford 1350Walden , Granford Crofts 1636 BedL, Grainford 1618SewersA , 1637 BedL, Cranford , Cranford Crofts 1636 ib. It has been suggested (CAPr vii, 119) that this is 'great ford' (OFr  grand ), so called as carrying the Great Fen Road, but such a compound does not seem very likely, although the Roman road did cross the Plantwater or old Ouse (Nene) at this point. The first element may be cran , 'crane, heron,' with common, confusion of initial c and g , but forms are too late for any certainty.