The word “Halimott” is an old word for the court of a guild (an association of tradesmen) or of a manor house. Halimotts were used to resolve disputes between members of the guild or tenants of the manor.
The word Halimott is spelt in a variety of ways including Halimote, Hallmote, etc. and dates back at least to Saxon times if not before.
So why did we choose Hallimots? There were two reasons:
- At the time we moved I was working as an expert witness in a patent trial at the Royal Court of Justice, London
- It is also a simple anagram of the village name “Lottisham”
It also seemed appropriate when you consider the Saxon history of Glastonbury, our nearest town.