Bootle, Cumbria

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St Michael and All Angels' Church
Bootle is located in Cumbria
Bootle shown within Cumbria
Population 742 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SD106882
Civil parish
  • Bootle
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MILLOM
Postcode district LA19 5
Dialling code 01229 718
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°17′N 3°22′W / 54.28°N 3.37°W / 54.28; -3.37Coordinates: 54°17′N 3°22′W / 54.28°N 3.37°W / 54.28; -3.37

Bootle (oo as in boot) is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Copeland in Cumbria, England. According to the 2001 census, it had a population of 745.[2] Historically in Cumberland, the village is in the Lake District National Park, and is close to the Irish Sea coast. Near to Bootle is the Eskmeals Firing Range, which was a large employer but in the mid to late 1990s reduced the workforce. Also within the parish is Hycemoor, a hamlet situated 1.2 miles (1.9 km) north-west of Bootle, where Bootle railway station is located.

Origin of Name[edit]

Bootle is recorded in the Domesday Book as "Bodele" from the Old English word boðl which means a building[3]. Variations of this spelling (e.g. Botle, Bowtle, Butehill, Bowtle, Botil) persist from about 1135 till 1580 when the spelling "Bootle" becomes common[4].


Bootle is listed in the Domesday Book as one of the townships forming the Manor of Hougun held by Earl Tostig.[5]. – part of the Manor of Hougun and was assessed for geld purposes at 4 carucates (about 480 acres)[6]. Bootle was the furthest point to which the Normans penetrated into Cumberland. They made no attempt to infiltrate further north into land held by British Celts or those places already settled by the Norse from Ireland, Isle of Man or Scotland. Instead they satisfied themselves, for the moment, with taking those lands on the southern coastal strip of West Cumberland that had been settled by the Angles of Northumbria and had belonged to Earl Tostig prior to the Norman conquest. A charter for a market and a fair for the 'exaltation of the cross' was granted in 1347 by King Edward III to John de Huddleston, Lord of Millom.


An electoral ward of the same name exists. This ward stretches north along the coast as far as Muncaster with a total population of 1,300.[7]



Religious sites[edit]

  • St Michael's Church[10]
  • Chapel (Independent) - Formerly a Congregational Church built 1780. It became part of the United Reformed Church when the Congregational and Presbyterian Churches united in 1972 but became independent in the 1990s. The building is now owned by Rural Ministries and is still in use as an evangelical church.[11]
  • Seaton Priory There are some remains of the Benedictine nunnery to the north of the parish.


Most common surnames in Bootle at the time of the United Kingdom Census of 1881,[12] by order of incidence:

Notable residents[edit]

  • Trudy Harrison, Conservative Member of Parliament
  • Captain Isaac Shaw RN, perhaps Bootle's most famous son, was born in Well House in Bootle. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 12 and served at the Battle of Trafalgar and many actions in the Mediterranean after that, some of which yielded him significant prize money[13]. In 1813 he was wounded in an action in the Mediterranean when a battery he helped to destroy exploded. He was promoted to the rank of commander in August 1813, but never went to sea again. He eventually retired to Underwood House in Bootle, which he had built in 1835. He became a magistrate and great benefactor to the village. He died in 1848.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "National Statistics". 2001 census. Office for National Statistics. 2001. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  3. ^ Armstrong, Moore, Stenton and Dickins (1950). The Place-Names of Cumberland (Part 2 ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  4. ^ Armstrong, Moore, Stenton and Dickins (1950). The Place-Names of Cumberland (Part 2 ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  5. ^ Cumbria: Hougun (The Domesday Book On-Line)
  6. ^ Hinde, Thomas (editor (1985). The Domesday Book, England's Heritage Then and Now. Guild Publishing London. p. 64. 
  7. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  8. ^ National Rail Enquiries, accessed 24 January 2010
  9. ^ Cumbria County Council school list Archived December 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., accessed 24 January 2010
  10. ^ St Michael, Bootle, Church of England, retrieved 18 October 2011 
  11. ^ Rural Ministries[permanent dead link], Accessed 24 January 2010
  12. ^ Most Common Surnames in Bootle
  13. ^ "Naval Biographical Dictionary". Retrieved 26 January 2018. 

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