Little John's Mead (Upminster)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 51.547806, 0.234751
Adm. div. Essex, now Greater London
Vicinity SE side of Little Gaynes Lane in Hacton, Upminster
Type Area
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct?
First Record 1842
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Little John's Mead, Hacton, Upminster.
Little John's Mead (red outline) and its larger neighbour, Robin Hood (yellow outline) / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-02-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-12.

The 1842 tithe award for Upminster lists 'Little John's Mead' as the name of a close on the southeast side of Little Gaynes Lane in Hacton, Upminster. Its owner/occupier is listed as the Reverend M. Battiscombe, its state of cultivation as 'Pasture', its area as 1 acre, 3 roods and 26 perches (7739.61 m2).[1] The field immediately east of Little John's Mead was named Robin Hood.

Hacton House was located about halway to three quarters down the western perimeter of the area, and as it is a separate entry in the tithe award, its area – quite small in comparison to that of the Mead – is not included in the figure cited for the area above.


MS sources

  • Tithe award for Upminster, online at the Genealogist, Piece 12, Sub-Piece 356, Image 013 (£)
  • Accompanying map, online at the Genealogist, Piece 12, Sub-Piece 356, Sub-Image 001 (£).

Printed sources


Little John's Mead not labelled.


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