1886 - Redfern, Francis - History and Antiquities of Town of Uttoxeter (1)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
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Date 1886
Author Redfern, Francis
Title History and Antiquities of the Town and Neighbourhood of Uttoxeter, with Notices of Adjoining Places
Mentions Robin Hood's Butts (Combridge); White Gate (Stubwood)
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North to south: Stubwood, where the White Gate was situated; Robin Hood's Butts near Combridge.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-10-16. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-10-16.

Allusion

[...] there is what has every evidence of being a Saxon cemetery in Uttoxeter parish at Low Fields, where it has hitherto been supposed there was only an ordinary tumulus. A slightly raised mound of this character, and of but small extent, certainly exists in the field just on the north-east side of the place hitherto supposed to be a low, but now the trees and impenetrable brushwood have been cleared away from the site conjectured to have been a barrow, it proves to be an extensive cemetery enclosed by a circular ditch and fence. Over the surface of the enclosure there are slightly raised earthern banks in the form of a cross, and which must indicate it to be a Saxon Christian burial ground. One of these remains has the name of Robin Hood's butts, and the land on which they exist is so denominated in an old survey of Uttoxeter parish. The position from which he is stated to have shot his arrows from his trusty bow, is placed at the White Gate at Stubwood. There is a prevalent tradition also, that a great battle has been fought at Low Fields in remote times, and [p. 87:] that the contest surged in that direction from Rocester, and it is said that fragments of swords have been dug up thereabouts.[1]

Source notes

IRHB's brackets. The corresponding passage in the first edition of Redfern's work is slightly shorter, see 1865 - Redfern, Francis - History of Town of Uttoxeter (1).

IRHB comments

For discussion of the locality and place-name, see Robin Hood's Butts (Combridge).

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