Robin Hood's Butts (All Stretton)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 52.5644, -2.8414
Adm. div. Shropshire
Vicinity Northern area of the Long Mynd, near Duckley Nab; c. 3 km west of All Stretton
Type Prehistoric site
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record Early 18th century (dated 1701 in statistics and on timelines)
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Robin Hood's Butts.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-06-04. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07. Photo courtesy Tim Prevett, MA, producer, consultant and lecturer on slow TV.

'Robin Hood's Butts' is the name of two adjacent Bronze Age bowl barrows in the northern area of the Long Mynd, near Duckley Nab, c. 3 km west of All Stretton.

According to Dobson & Taylor, the name was applied to "[a] group of tumuli on the edge of the Long Mynd".[1] However, while more than twenty mounds, referred to collectively as the Long Mynd Barrows, are scattered over the plateau,[2] the name 'Robin Hood's Butts' seems to be quite consistently applied to only two of them. The name appears on a fairly early O.S. map (1833) and was already in use by the early 18th century.[3]

One of the two round barrows collectively known as 'Robin Hoods' Butts' is about 23 m in diameter, flat-topped with a height of just 1.5 m. The other, situated c. 75 m south, is c. 37 m in diameter and 3.4 m in height. With a berm halfway up the slope on the west and south sides, the barrow has the appearance of a small mound placed on the flat top of a larger one. Due to this feature it is classified as a stepped bowl barrow. It was opened circa 1840, but nothing was found in it.[4]





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  1. Dobson, R. B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), p. 303, s.n. Robin Hood's Butts [1].
  2. Wikipedia: Long Mynd.
  3. Gelling, Margaret; Foxall, H.D.G.; Champion, W.; Cavill, Paul, introd.; Coates, Richard, gen. ed. & introd. The Place-Names of Shropshire (English Place-Name Society, vols. LXII/LXIII, LXX, LXXVI, LXXX, LXXXII, LXXXIX) ([s.l.], 1990; Nottingham, 1995-2012), pt. I, p. 225, referring to an unspecified MS source in the collection of Shropshire documents in the Local Studies Department of Shropshire Libraries, Shrewsbury (see pt. I, p. xxvi); this collection is perhaps now at the Shropshire Records & Research Centre.
  4. PastScape: Robin Hoods Butts, monument No. 109244.