Robin Hood (Bassenthwaite)
|Vicinity||c. 500 m NNW of Bassenthwaite|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-08-29. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-05-30.
'Robin Hood' is the name of a vicinity c. 2 km NE of Bassenthwaite Lake and c. 0.5 km NNW of Bassenthwaite village. It is included on the 6" O.S. map of the area published in 1867 as well as subsequent revisions (see Maps section below). Unless it originated as a name for the vicinity, 'Robin Hood' may initially have been used of the present Robin Hood Cottage or the adjacent Robin Hood Farm.
A Robin Hood Wood c. 200 m SSE of 'Robin Hood' may have provided the inspiration for the name of the latter, but one would be happier to draw this conclusion if the name of the wood had been recorded considerably earlier than that of the area, yet so far the earliest record we have for either is the 1867 map. There is another, but still more speculative explanation. Within the 'Robin Hood' area was a well (see especially the 25" maps in the Maps section below), and 'Robin Hood's Well' is the most frequently occurring Robin Hood place-name (see page on Places named Robin Hood's Well). 'Robin Hood's Well' may have been shortened to 'Robin Hood' tout court, but we have no evidence any of the wells was ever known as "Robin Hood's Well". For the wood and various Robin Hood-related place-names within or immediately outside 'Robin Hood', see Bassenthwaite place-name cluster.
- 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.
- 25" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI.16 (1900; rev. 1898)
- 25" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI.16 (1925; rev. 1923)
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI (1867; surveyed 1864-65)
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI.SE (1900; rev. 1898)
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI.SE (1900; rev. 1898) (georeferenced)
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XLVI.SE (1926; rev. 1923).
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