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Domesday Bostock Hall Origins


At the time of the writing of the Domesday Book the name of the village was spelt Botestoche. To discover the meaning of the name of the place two syllables need to be considered - Bote and stoche. The second element is a Saxon word meaning a secondary settlement or outlying farm. Such settlements were invariably surrounded by a fence of tree-stumps - hence the word stockade. The first element of the name is derived from a personal name, perhaps alluding to Saint Botolf who introduced the Benedictine monastic order to England in the 7th century and died in 680. Throughout England tere are numerous churches dedicated to his memory as well as the city of Boston (Lincolnshire) and several villages such as Botesdale (Suffolk). From this breakdown there are two possible interpretations. Either, a secondary settlement held by a man named �Bote�; or a farm or secondary settlement of the Benedictine monks.  Of the two theories, I prefer the first.

If Bostock was a secondary settlement then which settlement was the primary one? This is likely to be Davenham: this place-name meaning a village by the river Dane, is a more ancient form. The term 'ham' often refers to a local administrative centre (e.g. Weaverham, Frodsham, etc.) and so Davenham may have been an old Saxon estate centre with its constituent parts at Shurlach, Leftwich, Eaton, Moulton, Wharton, Bostock, Shipbrook and Whatcroft - all of which suggest secondary importance.

� Tony Bostock 2007