Little John Field (Coppenhall Moss)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.121807, -2.425629
Adm. div. Cheshire
Vicinity Prob. immediately W of Fowle Brook and NE of Micklewrights Flash; c. 1.5 km NE of Crewe
Type Area
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct?
First Record 1838
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Approximate indication of the former Little John Field.
Approximate indication of the former Little John Field / Google Earth Street View (click to enlarge).

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-05-22. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-08.

A plot of land situated about 1.5 km NE of Crewe was known as 'Little John Field' in 1838.

The field figures under this name in the 1838 tithe award for the 'Township of Elton in the Parish of Warmingham'. The landowner, was Lord Crewe, i.e. Hungerford Crewe, 3rd Baron Crewe (1812–94), the occupier James Walley. The area of the field is cited as 5 acres and 2 perches (20284.87 m2). No information was entered for 'State of Cultivation'.[1]

The tithe map does not appear to have been carefully made; the area looks quite different on the early O.S. maps listed below and on modern satellite maps, and it has not been possible to indicate the contours or exact extent and position of Little John Field on the satellite map shown below. However, the coordinate indicated would have been in or very near Little John Field, which would have been in the immediate vicinity of Micklewrights Flash, a little lake favoured by the angling community.


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  1. Tithe award schedule for Elton (in Warmingham) (1838) (Piece 05, sub-piece 164, Image 017 – The Genealogist; £); Tithe map for Elton (in Warmingham) (1838) (Piece 05, sub-piece 164, Sub-Image 001 – The Genealogist; £); Wikipedia: Hungerford Crewe, 3rd Baron Crewe.