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Little Johns (South Ockendon)

Locality
Coordinates 51.5197, 0.3218
Adm. div. Essex
Vicinity East and north of Mollands Lane in South Ockendon
Type Area
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct?
First Record 1839
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Little Johns (South Ockendon).
'Little Johns' can be seen in the distance on the left (east) side of the road / David Anstiss, 25 Nov. 2012, Creative Commons, via Geograph.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-02-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-09-22.

A field or close east and north of Mollands Lane is recorded as "Little Johns" in the 1839 tithe award for South Ockendon. It was owned by Catherine Oliphant and occupied by William Mays, state of cultivation was "Arable" and area 80279.51 m2. The somewhat larger (91206.03 m2) close immediately east of it was entered as "Great Johns". [1]

While it is of course a possibility that it may have been reinterpreted along such lines, it is quite uncertain if the name "Little Johns" was meant to referer to Robin Hood's second in command. Elsewhere in South Ockendon, in 1922, a smaller area of grassland was known as "Little Jennys". We also cannot be certain if "Little Johns", "Great Johns" and "Little Jennys" were thought of as being in the plural or the singular possessive, though the latter seems the more likely since there was evidently only a single piece of land with each of these names.[2]

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MS sources

  • Tithe award for "South Ockenden" [sic], online at the Genealogist.co.uk, Piece 12, Sub-Piece 251, Image 016, No. 365 (subscription required)
  • Accompanying map, online at the Genealogist.co.uk, Piece 12, Sub-Piece 251, Sub-Image 001 (subscription required).

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MSS

  • Tithe award for "South Ockenden" [sic], online at the Genealogist.co.uk, Piece 12, Sub-Piece 251, Image 016, No. 363 (subscription required)
  • Tithe award for "South Ockenden" [sic], online at the Genealogist.co.uk, Piece 12, Sub-Piece 251, Image 034, No. 60 (dated 1922) (subscription required).

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Notes

  1. Tithe award for "South Ockenden" [sic], online at the Genealogist.co.uk, Piece 12, Sub-Piece 251, Image 016 (subscription required); Genealogist.co.uk, Piece 12, Sub-Piece 251, Sub-Image 001; map (subscription required).
  2. Tithe award for "South Ockenden" [sic], online at the Genealogist.co.uk, Piece 12, Sub-Piece 251, Image 034 (dated 1922) (subscription required).

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