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Domesday Bostock Hall Origins


This description of the manor of Bostock in the Domesday Book, which was compiled in 1086, is the first written record of the name.
Translated from the Norman French it reads:
The same Richard holds Bostock. Osmer held it. There 1 hide pays tax. The land is 2 carucates. They are there with 3 radmen and 2 serfs and 2 acres of meadow and 2 acres of woodland. In the time of King Edward valued at 3 shillings, now 10 shillings. Found to be waste.
This entry tells us that Richard de Vernon, a Norman knight who came over with the Conquest, was the lord of the manor of Bostock, and that the previous owner was a man called Osmer.
The manor's resources consisted of 120 acres of arable land and a few acres of meadow and wood. We are told that 3 radmen and 2 serfs worked the land. A radman was a tenant who performed services on horse-back for his lord in return for his land. Serfs however were regarded as the lord's chattel and were tied to the manor and obliged to work for the lord. Whilst the manor was of little worth when the Normans arrived in Cheshire in the 1070s its value by 1086 was three times its worth in the days of King Edward the Confessor.
� Tony Bostock 2007