Robin Hood Hill (Outwood)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.7067, -1.5175
Adm. div. West Riding of Yorkshire
Vicinity W of Outwood
Type Natural feature
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct?
First Record 1657
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Robin Hood Hill.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-04. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-13.

Robin Hood Hill was, and perhaps still is, the name of a locality west of Outwood, which is c. 3 km north of Wakefield. It is first recorded in 1657.[1] A. H. Smith takes a mention of "Robinhoodstreteclose" in the Wakefield Court Rolls for 1651 as the first mention of this locality,[2] but there is no evidence this did in fact refer to Robin Hood Hill. See Robin Hood Street Close (Outwood).

Robin Hood Hill is indicated, together with Robin Hood House (located on it), on the 1854 6" O.S. map of the area as well as on later versions and revisions, where Robin Hood Bridge is also found a little NE of these two localities.[3] From Bradford Road in the south to Robin Hood Bridge in the north, the ground rises smoothly from 66 to 92 m above sea level. The 1854 map indicates that both the hill and the road on it were then named Robin Hood Hill. The 1894 map has the hill indicated, but the road is not given a name. On subsequent revisions, from 1908 on, the hill is indicated and the road is named Potovens Lane.[4]

One Samuel Smalpage was the landowner and/or occupier in 1813.[5]


1657 - Robin Hood Hill (Outwood)

Swearing. 3rd of June, '57. md, That Elizabeth the wife of Tho: Williams of Robbin Hood hill in Wakefeild Outt Wood, was conuicted before me for the p[ro]phane swearing of two Oathes upon the Oath of Will. Cassan, constable of Stanley.[6]

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