f the Medford Historical Society.
In Staffordshire Names and Places p. 10 (1902) we find
Meaford, 1 1/2 m. N. W. of Stone D
Domesday Book. Mepford, Metford; 1173 Medford; 1251, later Mefford.
Meaford lies on the Trent, where it is crossed by the great road from London to the N. W. The terminal ford doubtless applies to the passage of the river.
Despite the D.
Domesday Book. formeadow-ford is not a satisfactory interpretation.
There is a small stream running into Trent at Meaford and Med may represent its ancient name.
In Surveys of Staffordshire Preface p. XVI is mentied Medford.
In 1251 it was still Medford, later it was Mefford; and in 1892, and probably now, Meaford —all this variety of spelling (possibly not of pronunciation) in staid old England.
Somehow wethat e has its short sound in all, as a recent comer from Staffordshire pronounces the present Meaford Mefford. The New England town, now a city of 37,000 people, has almost from its earliest days b
ffordshire County Council.
Doing so, we were in due time in receipt of the following:—
Meaford—Staffordshire. 27th October, 1921.
I have your letter of the 10th instant desiosed three pictures may also be of interest to you.
Yours faithfully, Eustace Joy, M. A.
Meaford is a very small village and hamlet near the river Trent, about 1 1/4 miles north-noMeaford is a very small village and hamlet near the river Trent, about 1 1/4 miles north-north-west from Stone station, on the Colwich and Stoke section of the North Staffordshire railway, in the Kibblestone quarter of Stone parish, Stone division of the county, South Pirehill hundred, Stoope to in the near future.
By the above it will be seen that the English Medford, now called Meaford (pronounced Mefford), is not a municipality, but is an outlying village or hamlet adjoining thehus reaching our hands across the sea, we may get in closer touch with old Medford, we mean the older Medford, i.e., present Meaford, where three centuries ago Governor Cradock had his country ho
5, 1920) a letter to the Mayor of Meaford, Staffordshire, England, and somewhat later another to Str) asking for information about the hamlet of Meaford near Stone which you thought was the origin o traced between the Craddocks and the seat of Meaford at the time the colony was founded, nor indeecannot be proved to have been associated with Meaford at all. Perhaps they were, but most StaffordsCraddock was a friend of the man who lived at Meaford—he himself lived at Caverswall about ten mileI enclose you letters from the proprietors at Meaford now, the lineal descendants of Matthew Craddock.
The connection with Meaford before 1735 can not be proved.
Perhaps you could give me some m due to them and to the present proprietor of Meaford (whose letters to Historian Hughes follow), wfriends.
I cannot find any connection with Meaford nearer than this.
Will you please tell me whampler worked by Mary Cradock
(now framed at Meaford）
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Matthew Cradock (a contemporary M. P. for Stafford, the stiff-necked antagonist of Charles I,) of Caverswall.
It will be noted (on p. 43) that our correspondent says the name Meaford is such a common one, which indicates that though some other Meaford or Metford may have been in the governor's mind, yet he may have named his colony after his friend's estate.
We had arranged for the presentation of the three views of Meaford in this issue of the Register (see also Vol.
XXIV, No. 4) as illuMeaford in this issue of the Register (see also Vol.
XXIV, No. 4) as illustrative of Medford, England, from which Medford, Massachusetts, got its name.
If later search proves otherwise, we will be consoled in having made the effort, and are pleased to present these pleasing views of scenes in Old England.
We are also pleased to present the interesting letters of Historian Hughes and of the present lineal descendant of another Matthew Cradock, owner of Meaford Hall.
It is apparent that they are not grouty old Englishmen, but find It is all so very interesting.