Robin Hood's Butts (Weaverham) (4)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.25371, -2.57553
Adm. div. Cheshire
Vicinity c. 700 m E of Gorstage Lane; immediately N of tracks of London Northwestern Railway; c. 350 m S of Walnut Avenue; in Weaverham
Type Area
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1839
A.k.a. Robin Hoods Butts
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The southernmost of the Robin Hood's Butts.
The centrepoints of the two areas known as Robin Hood's Butts / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-01-22. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-08.

Two plots of land just south of Weaverham were known as Robin Hood's Butts in 1839.

This entry is concerned with the southernmost of the two butts, which figure in the 1839 tithe award for Weaverham. The butt had an area of 2 acres, 2 roods and 16 perches (10521.83 m2). The landowner is listed as William Colley Woodfine, the occupier was a Peter Hatton. The tithe award omits the ususally provided information about the state of cultivation of the plot.[1]

The name 'Robin Hood's Butts' is often applied to pairs of mounds or hillocks (see Places named Robin Hood's Butts), but the term 'butt' can also refer to a 'raised strip of cultivated land between two furrows, a ridge' or a 'small piece of land, esp. of an irregular shape; a paddock'.[2] It is not clear if the name was applied to mounds or hillocks within these plots or if it referred to the shapes of the plots. The northernmost of the two butts was situated c. 100 m south of Walnut Avenue, its centrepoint being about 75 m north of that of its southern counterpart. One of the English Place-Name Society's volumes on Cheshire notes – presumably these – Robin Hoods Butts but mistakenly puts them in Cuddington,[3] a village situated about 2 km SSW of Weaverham. The two butts can be seen in the detail of the tithe map included in the image gallery below. The southernmost butt is No. 335, near the centre of the map detail. Above it is No. 343, northwest of which is No. 328, northwest of which is No. 329, the northernmost Robin Hood's Butts. About 1.75 km north-northwest of the northernmost of these butts is the northernmost of another pair of former Robin Hood's Butts.


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  1. Tithe award for Weaverham (1839) (Piece 05, Sub-Piece 416, Image 057, #327 – at The Genealogist) (£); Tithe map for Weaverham (1831) (Piece 05, Sub-Piece 416, Image 056, #335 – at The Genealogist) (£).
  2. OED, butt, n.2, 1. a. and 2 (£).
  3. Dodgson, John McN.; Rumble, Alexander R. The Place-Names of Cheshire, pts. I-V (English Place-Name Society, vols. XLIV-XLVIII, LIV, LXXIV) (Cambridge, 1970-72; [s.l.], 1981; Nottingham, 1997), vol. III, p.200.

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