Boughton Aluph comes from the Old English ‘boc’ meaning ‘beech-tree’ and ‘tun’ as
an ‘enclosure, a farmstead’; therefore, ‘farmstead where the beech-tree grows’. The
manorial affix is a personal name taken from the 13th century owner Alulphus, distinguishing
the village from others with the same name. The Domesday Book records all as Boltune
Boughton Aluph parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to All Saints.
The Saxons built the first church, which Alulphus rebuilt with stone in the 13th
century. Sir Thomas Aldon, a courtier to King Edward III, substantially enlarged
it in the following century. In 1798, Edward Hasted described the Boughton Aluph
church as ‘large and handsome, built of slint, with ashlar stone to the doors, windows,
and quoins. It consists of three isles and two chancels. The steeple is a large low
tower, standing on four pillars in the middle of it. There are five bells in it,
and at the south-east corner, adjoining to the tower, is a large square addition,
in which is a stone stair-case’. The Victorians carried out restoration work in 1878.