Plumpton Park (Sheffield)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate Near 53.381129, -1.470085?
Adm. div. West Riding of Yorkshire
Vicinity c. 5 km SW of central Sheffield?
Type Area
Interest Literary locale
Status Defunct
First Record c. 1500
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Plumpton Park lay somewhere west or southwest of central Sheffield.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-17.

In the Gest, King Edward is exasperated at noticing the scarcity of deer in Plumpton Park after Robin and his men have been poaching there during their stay with the knight. We should almost certainly take this to be in Lancashire, but it could just possibly be some place King Edward is meant to have visited after his progress in Lancashire, and in that case, a possible locality is a "Plumbton Park Wood" cited from a 1770 source in A. H. Smith.[1] The exact area to which this name referred is by no means clear, but according to Smith it would have been within the area of the three townships of Ecclesall Bierlow, Nether Hallam and Upper Hallam. For this area, see this composite map showing Sheffield townships, on which it almost, but not quite, coincides with the corresponding area on the map in Smith, pt. I. The coordinates used on the Google map and cited in the infobox are just meant to point to the general area in which this Plumpton Park would have been located; they are not correct and exact. Perhaps further research in tithe awards etc. will help pinpoint this locality.

At least two other localities in the Sheffield area were named Plumpton Park, one located between Stannington and Storrs, the other in Low Bradfield, but unless the information provided in Smith is imprecise, neither of these could be identical with the locality he refers to.


[Gest; c. 1500:]
All the passe of Lancasshyre
He went both ferre and nere
Tyll he came to Plomton Parke
He faylyd many of his dere.[2]



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