Stocklinch. Stoche: Roger from William de Mohun; formerly Queen Edith; Alfarard and his brothers, the pre-
Resumé from the Domesday Book entry, 1086
Robin Bush worked as an archivist and historian in Somerset from his arrival in the county in 1967 until his retirement as Deputy County Archivist in 1993. He is the author of numerous books and monographs on the county's heritage. This passage about Stocklinch is taken from his book "Somerset, The Complete Guide", published by The Dovecote Press, Stanbridge, Wimborne, Dorset:
"The name of Stocklinch means 'the hill place' and the manor of Stocklinch Ottersey was held from the late 12th century (and possibly as early as the Norman Conquest) by the kings' hawker (otricer). Stocklinch Magdalen, its suffix taken from the church's dedication, comprises most of the surviving buildings in the two places and includes a surprising number of medieval thatched houses dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. Formerly held by the Beauchamps of Hatch, Stocklinch Magdalen manor formed from 1426 the principal endowment of Robert Veel's almshouse in Ilchester and many of these properties must have been built under the stewardship of the almshouse trustees. The church of St Mary Magdalene in the centre of the village is a small plain structure with three-
"Please do not miss the church of St Mary the Virgin, Stocklinch Ottersey: as much for its position as the building itself. Go down Owl Street and turn left into Owl Street Lane. After a short distance, beyond the Victorian manor-
You can find out much more about the village and its history by going to any of the following pages:
The Medieval Houses of Stocklinch, By Clare Austin and Sir Roberg De Zouche Hall, K.C.M.G., F.S.A.
The Churches, St Mary Magdalen and St Mary Ottersey
The book "Tiz oll accordin -
Copies of the book could be obtained, price £6, from Rob Rainbow, Elwell House, Stocklinch, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9JF, telephone 01460 55660.