Origin of the Name ‘Haslington’

Haslington was not mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086), although Barthomley (“Bertemeleu”) and Wheelock (“Hoiloch”) are both recorded, so Haslington probably came into existence afterwards, or was much less significant at that time.

The name is sometimes thought to have come from a Thomas de Heslynton who was an archer in the king’s bodyguard and to whom lands in this area may have been leased for services rendered.

George Ormerod in his 1882 History of Cheshire indeed refers to a Thomas de Haslynton who with Robert de Sondebache were archers of the bodyguard of King Richard II at the end of the 14th century, but he also mentions that there were several other instances of the name in this area along with certain documents which gave the inference that these people had held land in the area for many generations.

He also mentions the trading of a local territory called Hasellynton with a pool and mill in the reign of Edward I (1272-1307) which would have pre-dated Thomas de Haslynton by many years. So it seems that the name was established well before the archer’s lifetime and it is perhaps more likely that Thomas acquired his name from the locality, rather than giving it.

Alternatively it is often thought that the name may have derived from “farm among the hazels”, since names ending in “ton” or “tun” are often of ancient origin, denoting farm or settlement.

Sadly details of the true origin are now lost in the mists of time but the picture of an ancient settlement in a hazel grove seems fitting and quite appropriate for our corner of Cheshire.

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