The name Bowers comes from the Saxon 'Bura' meaning dwelling or dwellings.

It was first mentioned in 932 when King Ethelstan grated 10 hides in Bura to abbot Beorhtsige.

Gifford was added several centuries later when the manor is granted to the Giffard family who were descended from the maternal line of William The Conqueror. 

Sir John Giffard fought at Crecy in 1346.