I thought you might be interested in the following publications now available as e-books on Amazon Kindle. It is hoped that in a few weeks they will also be available as paperback editions.
Bostock: a History of a Cheshire Village and its People ISBN 978-0-9956857-4-1
Today’s Bostock is a relatively young village in comparison with the original Saxon settlement of ‘Botestoche’ noted in the Doomsday Book of 1086. Its residents have fought for their country from Agincourt to the second World War, and it has seen agriculture move from oxen pulling ploughs to the very latest hi-tech machinery. The neat black and white cottages which now stand in the village were built as recently as 1775, but the village’s origins lie at least 700 years earlier, probably before William the Conqueror’s victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
As a noted Conservation Area, Bostock is probably one of the most perfectly preserved villages in the county, and can trace its history through the various wealthy families who at one time owned over 30,000 acres of land. Through these families there are important connections with world trade, literary figures and eminent architects and landscapers.
The original publication of BOSTOCK: A History of a Village and its people (2009) rapidly sold out and since then there have been many requests for copies by many people from various places in the UK and abroad. Producing the book in this format allows many people to access it and hopefully enjoy the information they can take from reading it.
Of Cheshire Stock: the early history of the Bostock Family and the times in which they lived. ISBN 978-0-9956857-5-8
The Cheshire gentry have been described as remarkable for "their numbers, not to be paralleled in England in their like extent of ground; their antiquity; their loyalty; and their hospitality, no county keeping better houses". The men of Cheshire have also been described as "a breed of men skilled in the warlike craft - especially archery; accustomed to war; prone to lawlessness; feared and respected throughout the country; and who have a conscious sense of community".
This book tells the story of one such family - the Bostocks - and of how they developed to take their place among the 'middle class' of medieval Cheshire. Members of the family have been present at some of the major episodes of English history: the thirteenth century Baron's War; the wars against the Scots and the Welsh; the Hundred Years War with France - at the battles of Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt; the turbulent reign of King Richard II; the Wars of the Roses; in service to Tudor monarchs, and the English Civil War. It also explores some of the main branches of the family and how they are connected with the main line. This is not just the story of the Bostocks, but of a typical middle-class family of the medieval and the early modern periods of English history.
The book is illustrated with photographs, maps, charts and heraldry and is a must for anyone who bears the ancient name of Bostock.