Little John (Denholme)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.802269, -1.89217
Adm. div. West Riding of Yorkshire
Vicinity In grounds of Foster Park
Type Area
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1849
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Part of Foster Park in Denholme was known as 'Little John' in the mid-19th cent.
The area now occupied by the basketball court and part of the lawn to the right of it were formerly known as 'Little John' / Google Earth Street View.
The topmost of the three plots in gray was 'Little John' / Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland; Creative Commons.
Modern aerial photo of Foster Park and its surroundings / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-07-18. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.

Part of the grounds of Foster Park in Denholme was a piece of farmland known as 'Little John' in 1849.

'Little John' is listed in the 1849 tithe award for Thornton in the parish of Bradford with the representatives of Mr Buck as landowners, Joseph Maud as occupier, state of cultivation as 'Arable', and an area of 1 acre, 3 roods and 25 perches (7714.32 m2).[1] The plot immediately south of 'Little John' was called Robin Hood, below which was Low Robin Hood. Together these three contiguous plots covered and area nearly identical with the present park. One may speculate that the name 'Little John' was suggested by this plot's being adjacent to and smaller than the plot known as 'Robin Hood'. For a discussion of the name of the latter, see Robin Hood.


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  1. Tithe award for the township of Thornton in the parish of Bradford (1849) (Piece 043, Sub-Piece 399, Image 307, #1441); Tithe award map for the township of Thornton in the parish of Bradford (1849) (Piece 43, Sub-Piece 399, Sub-Image 001, #1441 –; subscription required).

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