Botcherby shown within Cumbria
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Botcherby was first named in 1170 and became part of Carlisle in 1912. The first reference to “Botcherby” (albeit with a different spelling) was when William Rufus (King William II, 1087–1100) granted a large piece of land around Carlisle to a Flemish mercenary officer called “Bochardby” who had served in his army.
The grant was confirmed by William’s successor, Henry I, in a Deed which obliged Bochardby to build a Castle (not for his own use) in the town, also he had to “keep out the Scots and repopulate the district”.
At some point in the 16th century the name was anglicized to “Botcherby”
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