Little John (Markfield)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Locality
Coordinate 52.6702, -1.2603
Adm. div. Leicestershire
Vicinity 1.3 km SSE of Markfield
Type Natural feature
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1885
A.k.a. John's Hill
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Little John.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-02-17. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-12.

A small, sharply defined hill c. 1.3 km SSE of Markfield and c. 5 km NW of Leicester, is named Little John. From its summit there is an excellent view in all directions.

The hill appears on the first (1835) 1" O.S. map of the area.[1] The earliest evidence i have for the name "Little John" is a 5" O.S. map of the area from 1885. The English Place-Name Society's volume on this part of Leicestershire notes that

a nod to Little John of the Robin Hood legend is poss[ible]., but otherwise John is prob[ably]. a familiar name for any notable isolated physical feature, to be compared with the outcropping hill Old John, 3 3/4 miles to the north-east in Bradgate Park.[2]

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