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Robin Hood's Butts (Canon Pyon) (2)

Coordinates 52.137222222222, -2.8208333333333
Adm. div. Herefordshire
Vicinity In Canon Pyon, c. 2.1 km W of the A4110
Type Natural feature
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1802
A.k.a. Butthouse Knap; the Pyons
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Butthouse Knap, the westernmost of the Robin Hood's Butts in Canon Pyon.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-02-12. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-04-30.

'Robin Hood's Butts' is the collective name of Pyon Hill and Butthouse Knap, two natural hills[1] in Canon Pyon, Herefordshire. This place-name is first recorded in 1802.

See further Robin Hood's Butts (Canon Pyon) (1).


1802 - Lipscomb, George - Journey into South Wales

 We made an excursion to visit Weobley encampment; and an unusually fine morning gave us an opportunity of seeing it to great advantage.
  It is placed on the summit of a proud eminence, which overtops the neighbouring country, and frowns defiance at the huge ridges, which every where raise themselves around it.
  Even if the antiquity of this camp did not recommend it to the notice of the curious, the delightful prospect which it commands would render it an object well worthy of attention to the contemplative traveller.
 To the south-east, the eye stretches as far as May Hill, in Gloucestershire: and the city of Hereford is only hidden by the intervention of a range of hills, which terminates in the remarkable promontory of Lady-lift before mentioned. Skerrit, in Monmouthshire, and the Black Mountains, whose summits were wrapped in snow, enclose the prospect on the south; and the Radnorshire hills, in a vast variety of shapes, on the west and north-west, are objects highly striking and picturesque. [p. 98:]
Robin Hood's Butts, a little detached eminence, stands in the midst of a beautiful plain, called Pembridge bottom. The Earl of Oxford's seat, at Eywood, is seen in the valley below, sheltered and embosomed among rich woods and plantations; and on the north, the town of Presteign, with the villas at Broad-heath and Stapleton, seems lying at the foot of this stupendous height.[2]

2001 - Rickman, Phil - The Cure of Souls (1)

Allan Henry's sitting room had one wall that was all plate glass, perhaps forty feet long. It had wide green views across to one of the conical, wooded humps known as Robin Hood's Butts. Appropriately, according to legend, the Butts had been dumped there by the Devil, making him Hereford's first sporadic developer.[3]

2001 - Rickman, Phil - The Cure of Souls (2)

'Mr Henry, all I'm concerned about – ' she wished she was the other side of the plate glass; she would run and run, all the way to Robin Hood's Butts ' – is kids dabbling with the dead. That kind of worries me. I can't stop them. All I can do is advise them that they could be messing with something that can't easily be controlled.'[4]






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