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[p. 23] naming of Medford. Again in our search we ask ‘why Medford’ and answer our own query, thus—Because the ‘good place upon Mistick’ was to be Mr. Cradock's farm, and they so called it, from Medford in Staffordshire in the old England they came from, and which old shire Mr. Cradock had represented in Parliament since 1620, the eighteenth year of the reign of James the first. As we had no dictagraph record of Dudley's pronunciation, we have naturally considered that M-e-a-d was called phonetically Meed, and so has come the usual interpretation of Medford, as Meadow-ford, though in 1855, historian Brooks gave it as ‘great-meadow’ making no mention therewith of the fording place he knew to have existed. He directly tells us that in one of the earliest deeds of sale it is written ‘Metford,’ and that after 1715 it has been uniformly written ‘Medford.’ Meadowford would not have been an inappropriate designation for a specific place in the river's course; but ancient Medford or Mr. Cradock's farm was four miles long. Now a few words relative to Metford, and copy of a written note attached to a copy of the History of Medford (Brooks) by Caleb Swan, which is of interest, and never before published.

Medford, July 31, 1857.
Mr. Charles Brooks (the author of this book) dining with us at Dr. Swan's today—Mrs Adams and daughter of Winter hill being present—said that he had lately ascertained that the original name of the town was Metford—after a county seat Governor Cradock in England in Staffordshire called Metford and that he named his new town from that and that in his will he called it Metford in New England.

The above date is two years subsequent to the publication of the book which contains many other interesting notes and is the property of the Medford Historical Society.

In Staffordshire Names and Places p. 10 (1902) we find

Meaford, 1 1/2 m. N. W. of Stone D1 Mepford, Metford; 1173 Medford; 1251, later Mefford.

1 Domesday Book.

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