Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Danby Botton

Danby Dale’s middle section is termed ‘Danby Botton’, where Botton comes  from an Old Scandinavian word ‘Botn’ for a hollow1Atkinson, Rev. J. C. “Forty years in a moorland parish; reminiscences and researches in Danby in Cleveland” 1891..

The farm nearest is Stormy Hall which is the centre of a tradition dating from the time that Danby Castle was in the possession of the Latimers. Apparently, the hall takes its name from the fact that King Henry VIII, on his way to visit Lady Latimer, got caught in a storm and took shelter here. Lady Latimer is perhaps more familiarly known as Catherine Parr, the King’s sixth and last wife.

But, and sorry to be so dismissive, there is no evidence of this, in fact it is attested that Stormy Hall was known by that name nearly 40 years before the King was born, for on 14th May, 1454, Robert Constable made over to his son, Robert of Flambro’, (amongst other places) Stormy Hall in Danby2‘Danby | Whitby Gazette | Friday 20 December 1889 | British Newspaper Archive’. 2022. Britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk <https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001103/18891220/098/0003> [accessed 28 August 2022].



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