Costock History

Given the fact that Costock has always been quite a small settlement, there is a surprising amount of history attached to the village. Part of this is due to the location of the village on a main route between Nottingham and London and partly because it remains today very much the same as it has been since the Magna Carta.

The village history is documented in detail on the Victoria County History website. Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the VCH is an encyclopaedic record of England’s places and people from earliest times to the present day. For copyright reasons it is not permitted to copy and paste sections to this website but links are provided below for your convenience.

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The ancient parish of Costock occupies 1,688 acres about 9½ miles south of Nottingham. It is bounded to the north by Bunny, to the east by Wysall …. <Click for more>

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Economic History

Costock has always been principally a farming parish, with a limited range of trades and services…. <Click for more>

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Social History

In 1743 the rector reported that ‘The poor children are taught to read & the Church Catechism & brought duly to church, …. <Click for more>

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Religious History

There is no record of a church at Costock in 1086 The church must have been founded early in the 12th century when Andrew of Costock gave land to   …. <Click for more>

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Local Government

No records of the overseers of the poor, surveyor of the highways, constable or vestry are known to survive for Costock although in1894 it was noted that …. <Click for more>

Early references include

CORTINGTOCHE (Domesday book 1086)
CORTLINGSTOCKE (Parliamentary commissioners in 1650)

The meaning according to Elbert Elkwell “Corts’ place or farmstead” (The personal name “Cort” meant “short” in Anglo Saxon)

The Normans conquered England in 1066 and complied a sort of Income Tax return Domesday Book in about 1086. At that time several manors in Costock were held by Saxon thanes Gordic and Algar.

The first Norman lords were Roger and Ralph de Birun (later Byron), the de Birons took the tile de-Cortinstock. Robert de Biron gave the churches at Costock and Rempstone to Lenton Priory who held them until it was dissolved in about 1540.

Early map of Costock

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Costock like this:
COSTOCK, or Cortlingstock, a parish in the district of Loughborough and county of Nottingham; on an affluent of the river Soar, adjacent to the boundary with Leicester, 4¾ miles E of Kegworth r. station, and 8¾ S of Nottingham. Post town, East Leake, under Loughborough. Acres, 1, 320. Real property, £2, 648. Pop., 440. Houses, 103. The property is divided among a few. Some of the inhabitants are stocking-makers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £395.* Patron, the Rev.S. Millard. The church is ungainly but good.