The original Bastard Hall is thought to date from the 12th century and when it burned down the current house was built on the same spot. The name Bastard Hall derives from Richard le Bastard who owned the house in 1267 and was the attorney to Wenlock Priory. The property later belonged to William Bastard, presumably a descendent of Richard's. Maybe they were more down to earth about their antecedents (or their characters!) in those days because a quick look through our local telephone directory didn't reveal anyone rejoicing in the surname Bastard in 2010. Incidentally, whilst researching the history of Bastard Hall I came across this marvellous website listing unusual place names!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Interesting historical name of the week!
Do not read on if you dislike profanity because this is the extravagantly named Bastard Hall in the lovely historical town of Much Wenlock in Shropshire. Bastard Hall is a fabulous 15th century house currently up for sale for half a million pounds. It has oak panelling in the drawing room, plenty of exposed beams, inglenook fireplaces and a 16th century priest's hole.