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