Robin Hood (Wakefield)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Locality
Coordinate 53.741278, -1.508186
Adm. div. West Riding of Yorkshire
Vicinity c. 2.5 km SW of Rothwell
Type Settlement
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1841
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Robin Hood.
Street view in center of Robin Hood / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-05-17.

According to the well-known place-name specialist A. H. Smith, the first mention of the hamlet or village named Robin Hood c. 2.5 km south-west of Rothwell is found in an 1841 MS Tithe Award.[1] Dobson & Taylor refer to an O.S. map from the same year.[2] IRHB has not yet been able to locate the tithe award, unless Smith was in fact referring to the map drawn in 1841 for the tithe award, dating from 1838-41, for the neighbouring township of Lofthouse in the parish of Rothwell. This includes 'Robin Hood Quarry', in the main map as well as an insert.[3] A quarry is of course not quite a village but it may have lent its name to the small community that came into being when, according to a (local) contributor to Wikipedia, a mine was opened in the mid-19th century and miners settled in the neighbourhood.[4] The mine closed in the 1960s, and the village is now a residential area. Several localities in the area are/were named after Robin Hood (the village and/or the outlaw).

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Sources

Background

  • 1841 tithe map for the township of Lofthouse in the Parish of Rothwell, online at the Genealogist.co.uk, piece 43, sub-piece 268, image 207 (subscription required).
  • Wikipedia: Robin Hood, West Yorkshire; brief but useful on the village, but the discussion of its alleged Robin Hood associations is misguided.

Also see

Notes

  1. Smith, A.H. The Place-Names of the West Riding of Yorkshire (English Place-Name Society, vols. XXX-XXXVII) (Cambridge, 1961-63), pt. II, p. 138
  2. Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), p. 308.
  3. 1841 tithe map for the township of Lofthouse in the Parish of Rothwell, online at the Genealogist.co.uk, piece 43, sub-piece 268, image 207 (subscription required).
  4. Wikipedia: Robin Hood, West Yorkshire, apparently written by someone connected with the area.