Blackford, Cumbria

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Blackford
Blackford Church in Cumbria - geograph.org.uk - 2049606.jpg
St. John the Baptist's church, Blackford
Blackford is located in Cumbria
Blackford
Blackford
Location within Cumbria
OS grid referenceNY396621
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCARLISLE
Postcode districtCA6
Dialling code01228
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Cumbria
54°57′00″N 2°56′31″W / 54.950°N 2.942°W / 54.950; -2.942Coordinates: 54°57′00″N 2°56′31″W / 54.950°N 2.942°W / 54.950; -2.942

Blackford is a village in Cumbria close to Gretna.[1][2]

Etymology[edit]

Blackford means what it says, a black ford or river-crossing. However, unlike other places of the name, it is a mix of Old English and Old Norse: the first element is Old English blǣc "black", while the second element is Old Norse vathr / vaőr, ford, river crossing, which usually occurs as -wath in place-names with this element (e.g. Wath upon Dearne). The name was recorded as Blakiwaith in 1165.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 85 Carlisle & Solway Firth (Gretna Green) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319231579.
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.