Plumpton Park (Shafton, Barnsley)

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Coordinate 53.584164, -1.401951
Adm. div. West Riding of Yorkshire
Vicinity c. 1.3 km SSW of Shafton, Barnsley
Type Area
Interest Literary locale
Status Defunct
First Record c. 1500
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Plumpton Park, (formerly?) a field-name in the vicinity of Shafton.
Right behind the gate is the area once known as Plumpton Park. You could take the bus, get off at the bus stop, jump the gate and take a photo. If you ever do, please mail it to me.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-08. 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. According to A. H. Smith,[1] Plumpton Park is listed in an 1841 MS Tithe Award as a field name near Shafton, which is c. 11.5 km SW of Wentbridge.

With the aid of the MS tithe award[2] and accompanying map,[3] a georeferenced 6" O.S. map of the area online at NLS,[4] and Google Maps, it is possible to establish the coordinates of this locality fairly accurately. It is shown on 6" O.S. maps of Shafton from the period 1894-1948 as an L-shaped area on the west side of Engine Lane (A6195), c. 1.3 km SSW of central Shafton. The tithe award lists the land as arable, its owner as Savile Foljambe, its occupier as John Robinson.


[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.[5]


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