Tuesday, December 12, 2006



I found the following chat on a Heanor forum and thought it might be worth blogging.......it makes interesting reading especially since they seem to think that Aiskew is Nordic for Oakwood and not Ash forest....something my father has been telling me for years!!!! what am I to trust on the internet??? Anyway, after reading the book "The Tudor Tapestry" by Derek wilson, I can almost certainly say that this well belonged to the Ayscoughs of Stallingborough & South Kelsey - they had estates in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

"The Well - posted on: 4/20/2005 3:27:46 PM
On the 1896 Map, a Well is shown situated in the fields beyond the cemetery. The path it lay on, ran from the upper South side of the Cemetery, in a straight line South, to Huftons Coppice. The Well lay half-way between the Cemetery and the Coppice. The name of the Well, is given as - 'Askeu(r?) Sic Well'. Has anyone any enlightenment for such an unusual name for a Well in the then middle of nowhere? Who, or what was 'Askeu(r) Sic'?
REPLY: 4/20/2005 4:54:47 PM
"(Askeu) after putting this name into a search i found it belong to a lancashire family,so it's definitely a surname of sorts. probably some family moving from lancashire to the area to work in mines etc."
REPLY: 4/21/2005 12:45:02 PM
"It's certainly a very unusual name in the respect of a Well. After further research, the following came to light concerning the name. It's similar to the name - Askew, a habitation name, predominently in N.Yorks, meaning, from the old Norse language - Eiki Skogr = Oak Wood. In Medieval English, the name is pronounced - Akeskeugh. So, with Iceboy's surname findings too, the unknown Lancs. Family's root-name would appear to be - Oakwood? The word Sic, is a loose translation from the Medieval German name Siegel, meaning approximately 'Victory'. Making the Well's full name, 'The Victory Well in the Oak Wood', or 'The Oakwood's Victory Well'. Now thereby hangs an interesting untold tale? Shades of the Shipley 'Ulf', the Viking?
REPLY: 4/21/2005 1:58:25 PM
"and i've just found this: Of Boernician origins, Ayscough is the name of an old established Cumb. family descended from Sir Hugh Askew, who received the lands of the convent of Seaton, during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1542. (1)"
Aske, Ascough, Anscough , Ainscow - Local, 'of Aiskew', a township in the parish of Bedale, co. York; v.Askey.
'Anne Askew' (1521-46), protestant, martyr, was the second daughter of Sir William Askew, or Ayscough, knight, who is generally stated to be of South Kelsey, in Lincolnshire,; Dict. Nat. Biog. (v.Askew). As shown above, the orginal form was Aiskew or Ayscough. This by an intrusive n became, in Lancashire, Ainscough and Ainscow. But Askew is the generally adopted form. It was natural that the surname should cross the border from Yorkshire to Lancashire.
1545. John Aiscoughe and Grisella Tuke; Marriage Lic. (Faculty office), p.y
1553. Anthony Twysylton and Alice Askewe: Marriage Lic (London)., 14.
1553. Margaret Askew, of Kirkbye Ireleth, North Lanc., 1570: ibid.
1553. Ellen Ayscough, of Latham, co. Lanc.,
1595. Wills at Chester (1545-1620), p.5.John Askew, of Osmuderley, North Lance.,
1597. Lancashire Will at Richmond, i.8.
1661. Edward Bedell and Barbara Ayscough; Marriage Lic. (Faculty Office), p.55 (4)
William de Aykescoghe 1366 SRLa;
Robert Ascowe 1390 LLB H;
Simon Ascogh 1488 FrY;
John Ascow, William Askew 1488 GildY;
Richard Askoo 1533 FrY;
Amy Askie 1618 Bardsley;
William Ayscough 1675 FrY;
John Ashkey 1674 HTSf. From Aiskew (NRYorks). (7)

REPLY: 4/23/2005 11:48:25 AM
"Robert. -Concerning the names i have given. These come from the book - 'The Oxford Names Companion - The Definitive Guide'. A full reference book to First names, Surnames, Nick-name and Place names, with their original root-meaning in whichever language. I can only repeat as is stated in it.

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