I recently wrote a blog about a place called Door County in the United States and this made me think about British place names that include the word door. I am not aware of many "door" places, in fact I cannot find any towns or villages in the UK that include door, however there are plenty of places beginning with "Dor" and I will introduce some of them below.
[caption id="attachment_2212" align="alignright" width="300"] Durdle Door - Dorset, Image © Laura Morley[/caption]
Dorset is a British county in the Southwest of England. There are no cities in the county of Dorset but well known areas include Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth. There is a beautiful spot in Dorset called Durdle Door. Sitting on the coast, this is a pretty spot featuring an arched rock which is the reason for the name "Door".
Dorchester is a historic market town located in Dorset around eight miles from the South coast.
Dorking is also a historic market town and is located in Surrey.
Dorney is a village in Buckinghamshire, about 2.5 miles from Eton. Dorney is a small village with a lovely manor house called Dorney Court.
Dornoch is a small village in Dumfriesshire in Scotland.
Dormanstown is located in the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland. Dormanstown Village was developed for the local employees by a steelworks company.
There are two Dorringtons in the UK. The first is a village in Shropshire, which is six miles from Shrewsbury. The other is a village in Lincolnshire, located about 4.5 miles from Sleaford.
I have tried to find out the meaning and origin of the name "Dor" but I cannot find any reference to it. Some of the places above are Roman historic towns so maybe there is a Roman reference. If you do know, please send us an email and let us know. Maybe there is some connection to doors.
Place names are very appropriate for naming doors, consequently, many of our doors are named after cities and towns both in the UK such as Malton, Hampstead and the rest of the world such as Barcelona, Zanzibar to name a few.