What's in a Name
There are two forms of the name in use:
Flawford and Flawforth
The Ordnance Survey map shows ‘Flawford House’ whilst the road leading to the site is named ‘Flawforth Lane’. Generally most people refer to the site as Flawford.
Other forms of the word are
Flaggeford (1200), Flafue (1257), Flayaflor (1269), Fanflore (1402), and Flaforth (1458).
In 1610-11 John Speed published his county atlas. Sadly, in his map of this area he has misnamed Flawford, calling it Slanford. A tapestry map in 1632 based on Speed's map also kept the misspelling of Flawford.
What does Flawford mean?
Older place name books suggest that it means a ‘paved floor’.
The most recent interpretation agrees that ‘ford/forth’ means floor but that flaw means variegated or multicoloured. It derives from the Saxon ‘Fag’ or ‘Fah’. As in Fawler in Oxfordshire it could mean a Roman tessellated pavement.
The excavations revealed a tessellated floor beneath the medieval floor.
Mid Bronze Age
Where to find the evidence
The people involved
The Hermitage Museum