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Lakes and Rivers

What is the Saxon word for shallow river crossing?

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January 20, 2008 8:16PM

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word "ford" as "A shallow place in a river or other water, where a man or beast may cross by wading." They also cite its use in this sense by the Anglo-Saxon king Alfred the Great in the year 893 AD.