Little John's Cross Hill (Exeter)
|Vicinity||In Exeter, off Dunsford Road; on the edge of Dartmoor|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-10-18. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-06.
Little John's Cross Hill is a hill in Exeter just south of Dunsford Road on the edge of Dartmoor. The name applies to the hill as well as to several little lanes on it. It takes its name from Little John's Cross, a local wayside cross, which is in turn named after a local family surnamed Littlejohn and is thus in its origin not related to the Robin Hood tradition. However, the spelling "Little John" obviously bears witness to, as well as encourages, reinterpretation along such lines, and thus we find an early 1990's private residence on Little John's Cross Hill named Sherwood Rise.
- Not included in Dobson, R. B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 293-311.
- Flickr: Little John's Cross, Exeter, Wayside Cross (by Alan Rosevear).