Plumpton Park (Bolton-by-Bowland)

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Coordinate 53.946354, -2.326829
Adm. div. West Riding of Yorkshire
Vicinity c. 600 m N of Bolton-by-Bowland
Type Area
Interest Literary locale
Status Defunct
First Record c. 1500
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Plumpton Park, an area (a field or close?) c. 600 m N. of Bolton-by-Bowland.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-05-01. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-17.

In the Gest, King Edward is exasperated at noticing the scarcity of deer in Plumpton Park after Robin and his men have been poaching there during their stay with the knight. We should almost certainly take this to be in Lancashire, but it could just possibly be some place King Edward is meant to have visited after his progress in Lancashire. Plumpton Park is listed in an 1840 MS tithe award as the name of a field c. 600 meters north of Bolton-by-Bowland.[1] The locality is not labelled or indicated on any of the O.S. maps listed below.


[Gest; c. 1500:]
All the passe of Lancasshyre
He went both ferre and nere
Tyll he came to Plomton Parke
He faylyd many of his dere.[2]


MS sources

  • 1840 Tithe award for Nolton-by-Bowland, online at the, Piece 43, sub-piece 341, Image 060 (£)
  • accompanying map, online at the [1], Piece 43, sub-piece 341, Sub-Image 001 (£).

Printed sources


Maps of area. Plumpton Park not indicated or labelled.

Also see


  1. 1843 Tithe award for Bolton-by-Bowland at the Genealogist; tithe map at the Genealogist (both require paid subscription).
  2. Gest, st. 357.