HISTORY OF BOTTESFORD

A Visit from the first Mayor of Bottesford, Mr Jim Cross

Mr Cross became Mayor in February 1973 and called in to the office in August 2022 to have a look around the area and see the many changes that have taken place. Mr Cross emailed the Clerk the following after his visit

"Can I say how much I enjoyed my visit to Bottesford last week as did my so Andrew. We both were amazed how the area had changed since we departed 38 years ago. I was impressed with the Civic building and adjoining centre "Teapot Hall".

You personally made my visit both pleasant and memorable, thank you for your kindness and patience especially when taking the video, I'm afraid it was a little garbled, but I hope it gave some reason for taking Town status. With our Neighbours in Scunthorpe having ideas, we were sure of making Bottesford just another ward of the Borough and the rapid development of our area we had to find a way to protect what we had and convince a fast-growing population that Bottesford was worth saving and a pleasant place to live. 

I believe that both of those objectives have been achieved by forward looking councils since those far off days and the present incumbents are obviously continuing to provide for the inhabitants of Bottesford and Yaddlethorpe . Last Tuesday I saw many of my dreams come true. Thank you again. 

Would you please convey my sincere good wishes to the Town council's members and wish them all success in the future. Sincerely yours Jim"


An audio of the interview with Mr Cross will be made available in the coming weeks.




Town Council Land

Chancel Park Cambridge Avenue Bottesford Land Reg ref HS369156Gravel Pit Park, 

Gravel Pit Lane, Yaddlethorpe Land Reg ref HS377596

Greenacre Park High Ley Road Bottesford Land Reg ref HS369159

Valley Park Bramley Crescent Bottesford Land Reg ref HS369160

Sandpit Land, Moor Road, Yaddlethorpe Land Reg ref HS345228




Bottesford is thought to have originally been a small Roman-British village connecting Ermine Street with the Isle of Axholme and Doncaster by means of Bottesford Beck. It is due to the Beck that Bottesford has its name. Translated Bottesford means "ford by the house or building" a ford being "a tract of shallow water". Bottesford, while classed as a Town in its own right is a busy modern suburb of Scunthorpe. Originally Ashby was part of the Bottesford parish along with Burringham, Holme and Yaddlethorpe.
After the enclosure of Bottesford in 1795 the claim of Thomas Peacock to be lord of the manor was accepted and his descendants treated accordingley. One of these descendants Edward Peacock (1831-1915) was a noted antiquary and historian.
Bottesford claims connections with the Knights Templar as it is thought that the Knights had a preceptory here. Bottesford Manor House is believed to have been the gatehouse and the spring in Manor Field known as Templar's Bath was thought to have been used in connection with Templar ceremonies.