Aston. Boteler

Colin Wilson

Sir John Boteler granted some property and land to John Kent in free socage  (that is for payment of rent or in kind, not requiring military service) in 1564. This included a cottage called The Almshouse, the location of which is not recorded. When this building was in use, or what happened to it, does not seem to be recorded. An assumption would be that it ceased its use as an almshouse at the time of transfer, else why would Kent have taken it on if he had to pay for it?

There is a record of a Sir John Boteler who was born in 1514 at Watton at Stone. He lived at Woodhall (Watton at Stone) at a later date, which is not that far from Aston. He died at Watton at Stone on 23 February 1576  at the age of 61, and was buried in Hertfordshire. That does not mean he was the one mentioned above, but if not it’s quite a coincidence to have two knights of the same name living so close to each other.


Any websites accessed April 2020

The Victoria County History of the County of Hertford (4 vols). Ed William Page
(part of Victoria County History of the Counties of England Ed H Arthur Doubleday)
Vol 3
Issued Archibald Constable & Co.  1912. Reprint by Dawsons of Pall Mall 1971 (ISBN 0 7129 0477 8)
This publication been digitised by British History Online (BHO) and is available online at

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