Kirklees (Tottington)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.615739, -2.331232
Adm. div. Lancashire
Vicinity East end of Kirklees Street, midway between Royd Street and Brandlesholme Road, Tottington
Type Area
Interest Miscellaneous
Status Extant?
First Record 1893
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Kirklees, Tottington.
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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-28. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-28.

Kirklees, a locality about 700 m east of Main Street, Tottington, first figures on a 25" O.S. map of the area published in 1893. In view of Kirklees Priory, some 40 km to the east, being the alleged scene of Robin Hood's death and the site of his supposed grave, it seems likely that the name 'Kirklees' and that of Kirklees Street helped inspire that of Sherwood Close, a side street of the former street. Further Robin Hood-related names in Tottington are those of the Robin Hood and the long-defunct Robin Hood Brewery.

The earliest sources for the name are the 25" and 6" O.S. maps of the area, dating from 1893 on, which are listed below. See further the page on Kirklees (Tottington). Other names with the element 'Kirklees' in the area are, on the 6" O.S. map from 1850: Kirklees Wood, Kirklees Brook, Kirklees Bleach Works, Kirklees Print Works. Later maps include Kirklees Mill and Kirklees Reservoirs.




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