Robin Hood's Tump (Tilstone Fearnall)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.1349, -2.6371
Adm. div. Cheshire
Vicinity N/W side of Vale Road, Tilstone Fearnall; c. 115 m S of Nantwich Road (A51)
Type Prehistoric site
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1936
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Robin Hood's Tump, Tilstone Fearnall.
Robin Hood's Tump, Tilstone Fearnall / Tim Prevett, 26 Nov. 2013; via Megalithic Portal; used by permission.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-11-28. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-04-22. Photo courtesy Tim Prevett, via the Megalithic Portal. Tim, who produces and acts as consultant and lecturer on slow TV, kindly brought this place-name to IRHB's attention.

'Robin Hood's Tump' is the name of the turf- and tree-covered remains of a Bronze Age round or bowl barrow situated on the north and west side of a turn in Vale Road, about 115 metres south of Nantwich Road (A5) in Tilstone Fearnall, Alpraham parish, Cheshire.

During excavation carried out by W. J. Varley in the 1930s,[1] no burials were found in the barrow, which turned out to be constructed of sand and turf. However, a dozen worked flints were discovered. Two post holes and a pit at the northern perimeter of the mound were attributed to occupation of the site prior to the construction of the mound. The mound is c. 17 m in diameter, reaching a height of no more than 1.2 m[2]

The 'Tump' is included as an unnamed 'Tumulus' on the early 25" O.S. maps listed below. What is perhaps the earliest use of the name 'Robin Hood's Tump' occurs in an article by archaeologist J. W. Jackson published in 1936.[3] The plot on which the Tump is situated figures in the 1840 tithe award for Alpraham as 'Plantation',[4] while the neighbouring plot to the west is listed as Robin Hood Croft. The latter field name is thus in evidence a good hundred years before that of the Tump. We have indicated both plots on the adapted map detail included in the image gallery below.


MS sources

  • 1840 tithe award for the township of 'Alphraham' (i.e. Alpraham) in the parish of Bunbury, online at the Genealogist, Piece 05, sub-piece 010, Image 006, #52a (£)
  • accompanying map, online at the Genealogist, Piece 05, sub-piece 010, Sub-Image 001, #52a (£).

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