Plumpton Park (Barlow, Selby)
|Adm. div.||West Riding of Yorkshire|
|Vicinity||c. 1.5 km NNW of Barlow, Selby|
|First Record||c. 1500|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-18. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12.
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 forthcoming VCH volume, there was once a place named Plumpton Park northwest of Barlow, not very far from Barlow Grange. It is indicated on Jeffery's 1772 map of Yorkshire. A.H. Smith cites an 1841 Ordnance Survey map as its only source. I have not seen Jeffery's 1772 map; the coordinates and map location shown here are (I believe) those of Barlow Grange.
All the passe of Lancasshyre
went both ferre and nere
Tyll he came to Plomton Parke
He faylyd many of his dere.
- A Gest of Robyn Hode, st. 357.
- Ordnance Survey map of the area (1841) cf. A.H. Smith below. Not seen.
- Smith, A.H. The Place-Names of the West Riding of Yorkshire (English Place-Name Society, vols. XXX-XXXVII) (Cambridge, 1961-63), pt. IV, p. 24.
- Barlow: Introduction to forthcoming VCH volume.