Plumpton Park (Shrewbridge)
|Coordinate||Near 53.05338, -2.526297|
|Vicinity||Immediately south of Nantwich|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-18. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-05-30.
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. As Cheshire is a neighbouring county it is conceivable that a Plumpton Park in that county may have been intended.
According to Dodgson in the English Place-Name Society's third volume on Chester, 'Plumpton Park' is recorded in a tithe award dated 1841 as a field name near Shrewbridge House, which latter was then in Acton civil parish. Nantwich has now grown to within a few hundred meters of Shrewbridge House. Pending further research, the coordinates used in the Google map and the infobox are those for Shewbridge House.
[Gest; c. 1500:]
All the passe of Lancasshyre
went both ferre and nere
Tyll he came to Plomton Parke
He faylyd many of his dere.
- Not included in Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 293-311.
- A Gest of Robyn Hode, st. 357
- Dodgson, John McN.; Rumble, Alexander R. The Place-Names of Cheshire, pts. I-V (English Place-Name Society, vols. XLIV-XLVIII, LIV, LXXIV) (Cambridge, 1970-72; [s.l.], 1981; Nottingham, 1997), vol. III, p. 132.
- Dodgson, John McN.; Rumble, Alexander R. The Place-Names of Cheshire, pts. I-V (English Place-Name Society, vols. XLIV-XLVIII, LIV, LXXIV) (Cambridge, 1970-72; [s.l.], 1981; Nottingham, 1997), vol. III, p. 132. The MS tithe award is referred to as 'TA 33'.
- Gest, st. 357.