Boston Manor is now considered as part of the London Borough of Hounslow and is one of Middlesex’s most famous old manors. The oldest mention of the area of Boston where Boston manor would be constructed was around 1170 as Bordwadestone, which is believed to have meant ‘Bord’s farm by the stone’. The manor house itself, which was constructed in 1622, still stands and the area around the manor is referred to as Boston Manor, although it is not official recognised as such.
King Edward I gave the area township in around 1280, essentially making the area a district of its own during that time, seeing as at that time land could be distributed according to possession of land, use of said land and occupation of the land. In doing so King Edward made it easier to increase taxes, however it also had the beneficial effect of keeping the land more intact, essentially preventing it from dissolving into smaller areas over time. It remained as such until Henry VIII retook the land for the crown in 1539, although this did not last long as the territory passed out the hands of the crown and into those of an Edward Seymour, who was the first Duke of Somerset, in 1547.
The area once again was regained by the crown when the Duke had to give up his lands, due to his impending execution. It remained in possession of the crown up until it was given to Robert Dudley, who was the first Earl of Leicester, by Elizabeth I. The property was then promptly sold to a man named Sir Thomas Gresham by the Earl, who was incidentally the founder of the Royal Exchange.
When Sir Thomas Gresham died the property was given to Gresham’s stepson, Sir William Reade, who married a woman named Mary Goldsmith. When Reade also died Boston Manor was built by Mary Goldsmith in 1622. When Mary Goldsmith died the manor was passed onto her next of kin, John Goldsmith, as Mary had no children. John Goldsmith was eventually executed and the property was seized from his heir line and sold off to merchants. This continued to be the case for many year.
In the 18th century the area around the manor which was officially known as New Brentford did not lent its name to the manor as locals continued to call the manor by its original name, rather than allowing the manor to adopt the name New Brentford Manor. The last private owner of Boston Manor sold the Boston estate to the Brentford Council in 1923, which then opened the manor as a public attraction in 1924.