Stamford, Lincolnshire

Stamford, in the Ness Wapentake of Lincolnshire, is one of the Five Boroughs of the Danelaw. The place-name comes from the Old English elements stan ‘stone’ and ford ‘ford’.

The town is located near a point where the River Welland was easily fordable throughout the year.

In 913 The Great Heathen Army arrived in Stamford.

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Victor Watts, The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2004), p. 568.

Kenneth Cameron, A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society (1998), p. 116.

Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Settlement Names in the East Midlands. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1978), pp. 4-5.