Joaney How (Luccombe)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 51.1739, -3.5632
Adm. div. Somerset
Vicinity On Dunkery Hill, c. 2 km SSW of Luccombe
Type Prehistoric site
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1889
A.k.a. Luckham Barrows; Yonney How
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Joanie How.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-09-16. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.

Joaney How, a large Bronze Age cairn on the edge of a natural terrace on the north slope of Dunkery Hill, survives as an earthwork mound more than 22 metres in diameter and c. 1.8 m high, with a much mutilated, roughly conical pile of stones whose surface stones are quite loose as if recently moved, suggesting that it may have been rebuilt after destruction.[1]

Joanie How is traditionally thought to be named after Little John,[1] while the name of Robin How, its neighbour to the southwest, is believed to refer to Robin Hood. Both of these together with a southern neighbour of the latter used to be referred to collectively as Luckham Barrows. The earliest source to include the names 'Joaney How' and 'Robin How' found so far is the 6" O.S. map from 1889 listed in the Maps section below.[1]





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