Robin Hood's Cottage (Park Bottom Wood)
|Adm. div.||West Riding of Yorkshire|
|Vicinity||In Park Bottom Wood within the Kirklees estate, Brighouse|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-10-15. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-06.
Robin Hood's Cottage is located very close to Robin Hood's Grave in Park Bottom Wood within the Kirklees estate. It may be a more recent name for what is indicated on O.S. maps of the area dating from 1854 to 1949 as Robin Hood Malt Kiln. The name "Robin Hood's Cottage" does not occur on these maps. In fact Dobson & Taylor's mention of this place-name in 1976 is the earliest I have found, and the grid reference they provide indicates a spot not far from the area that is labelled "Robin Hood Malt Kiln" on the earlier 6" O.S. maps. The Google Maps satellite image of the area does not appear to show anything but trees there, but estate agent's material from the recent sale of Kirklees Farm notes that "A repair notice has been received in respect of Robin Hood’s Cottage. English Heritage has in principle agreed to provide a £100,000 loan." So Robin Hood's Cottage is still there. While we cannot see the cottage for the trees, we could go and wait for the bus at the bus stop on Wakefield Road just outside the little wood. The bus stop is named Robin Hood's Cottage.
- Dobson, R. B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), p. 309.
All these 6" O.S. maps have Robin Hood Malt Kiln but not Robin Hoods Cottage indicated.
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire Sheet 246 (1854, surveyed 1848-50) (at NLS).
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire Sheet CCXLVI.NE (1894, surveyed 1888-92) (at NLS).
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire Sheet CCXLVI.NE (1908, surveyed 1905) (at NLS).
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire Sheet CCXLVI.NE (1934, surveyed 1930) (at NLS).
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire Sheet CCXLVI.NE (1947, surveyed 1938) (at NLS).
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire Sheet CCXLVI.NE (1949, surveyed 1948) (at NLS).