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Robin Hood (Royston, Barnsley) (1)

Coordinate 53.6036, -1.449
Adm. div. West Riding of Yorkshire
Vicinity Royston, Barnsley
Type Area
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1845
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Robin Hood was the name of a field in the vicinity of Royston.
Looking north towards Common Lane from Peartree Orchard, one of the residential streets in the area that was once a field named Robin Hood / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-06-07.

Robin Hood occurs twice as a field name in the 1845 MS Tithe Award for Royston,[1] which is now a suburban village within the Metropolitan borough of Barnsley, located c. 14 km SW of Wentbridge. With the aid of the MS tithe award[2] and accompanying map,[3] a georeferenced 6" O.S. map of the area online at NLS,[4] and Google Maps, it is possible to establish the coordinates of this locality fairly accurately. It is shown (but not named) on 6" O.S. maps of Royston from the period 1894-1949 on the south side of Low Common Lane as the last field but one before the lane takes a 90° turn NNW to end at Common Lane Farm. The tithe award lists the land as arable, its owner and occupier as John Ball. The plot is listed as "Humple & Robin Hood". There was at the time a footway running nearly parallel with Low Common Lane across this and adjacent plots. Did it perhaps divide this plot into Humple and Robin Hood?

The present Warren Walk forms the southern boundary of the area that was once named Humple & Robin Hood, while Arundel Gardens are immediately west of it, and Wellfield Gardens at its eastern boundary. Low Common Lane, its northern boundary, is now simply Common Lane. The other field known as Robin Hood was located about 400 m SE of Humple & Robin Hood, its name being preserved in that of Robin Hood Avenue which runs along its western boundary.


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