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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., How did Medford get its name? (search)
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 Parliathe 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 Meream running into Trent at Meaford and Med may represent its ancient name. In Surveys of Staffordshire Preface p. XVI is mention by a contemporary diarist, of R. Caverswall house Mr Cradock oid old England. Somehow we fancy that 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, hd by the accommodating showman, Just which you pleases, little dears, you pays your money and you takes your choice. Our choice is, Medford got its name from Medford in Staffordshire, Old Englan