Robinhood (Sutton)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.2446, -2.1249
Adm. div. Cheshire
Vicinity London Road, Sutton, Macclesfield
Type Building
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1831or 1842
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The site of Robinhood.
The site of Robinhood / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-01-18. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-06.

A cluster of three buildings, probably a farmstead, immediately east of London Road (A523), in Sutton, south of central Macclesfield, is labelled 'Robinhood' on O.S. maps from 1842 on.[1] As far as I can see, Dodgson, in the first English Place-name Society volume on Cheshire lists this locality under both Macclesfield and Sutton. Under the latter he notes that "Moss End or Robin Hood" is thus labelled on Bryant's 1831 map of Cheshire. Unfortunately the only version of this map available online is in such low resolution that I have not been able to locate 'Moss End or Robin Hood" on it (see Maps section below),[2] but it seems likely that the element 'moss' refers to Danes Moss, near which the Robinhood listed under Macclesfield is located, so we are probably here concerned with duplicate entries of one and the same place-name,

Very likely the names of Robin Hood Avenue and Sherwood Road in the immediate vicinity were inspired by this defunct place-name.




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