Christian Malford shown within Wiltshire
|Population||705 (In 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Christian Malford|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
|UK Parliament||North Wiltshire|
Christian Malford is a village in the county of Wiltshire in England. The unusual name is evidently a corruption of Christ mal Ford, Old English moel, mal being a mark: "Christ’s mal" is Christ’s mark or sign, the cross. Thus the name signified "Cross Ford". Deeds from Glastonbury Abbey cartulary relate to Christmalford Manor: in AD 940 King Edmund granted Christmalford to St Dunstan, Abbot of Glastonbury.
Christian Malford Primary School was opened circa 1820.
The village is known to palaeontologists as a rediscovered Lagerstätte, a site of remarkably preserved fossils, in this case in the Middle Jurassic Oxford clay, in which a chance discovery in the 19th century uncovered thousands of exquisitely preserved ammonites, fish and crustaceans. The site, whose exact location had not been publicly disclosed, became most famous for squid-like cephalopods and belemnites, complete with their phosphatized soft parts. The site was rediscovered in 2008.
- "Christian Malford Census Information". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Wiltshire Community History". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Christian Malford CofE Primary School". Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- Philip R. Wilby et al., "Preserving the unpreservable: a lost world rediscovered at Christian Malford, UK", Geology Today 24.3, (2008:95-98); Times On-line, "Jurassic treasure trove lost by Victorians found by Phil Wilby, fossil sleuth", 24 October 2008, accessed 20 August 2009.
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