Robin Hood Bottom (Bolton Percy)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.8677, -1.2063
Adm. div. West Riding of Yorkshire
Vicinity c. 725 m WNW of Bolton Percy and c. 175 m S of Oxton Lane
Type Area
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct?
First Record 1843
A.k.a. Robin Hood Willow Garth
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The former Robin Hood Bottom.
The former Robin Hood Bottom / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-06-03.

'Robin Hood Bottom' is listed as a field name in the tithe award for the township of Bolton Percy (1843).[1] Then a willow garth, this plot of land is now part of a field under cultivation. It is situated c. 725 m WNW of Bolton Percy and c. 175 m S of Oxton Lane.

In 1843 the landowners were the executors of one Boyes, the occupier a Robert Wardman. The area was listed as 2 acres, 1 rood and 25 perches (9737.75 m2), and the state of cultivation was given as: 'Willows'.[2] This irregularly shaped plot of land is bounded by the Foss on all sides except the west, where there was then an apparently now lost bridle road, along whose course are now found a line of trees. The plot seems to be labelled 'Robin Hood Willow Garth' on a 6" O.S. map of the area published in 1849, based on a survey carried out in 1845–46. However, it is possible that only the part 'Robin Hood' is intended as a place-name, the part 'Willow Garth' appearing below 'Robin Hood' and two localities in the immediate vicinity being labelled 'Willow Garth' tout court.

Formerly part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Bolton Percy now belongs administratively to North Yorkshire. IRHB has tentatively assumed that the place-name 'Robin Hood Bottom' is no longer extant. If this is incorrect, please let us know via the website's contact form.


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  1. Cf. Smith, A.H. The Place-Names of the West Riding of Yorkshire (English Place-Name Society, vols. XXX-XXXVII) (Cambridge, 1961-63), pt. IV, p. 223; also see vol. VII, p. 291. Smith dates the tithe award 1844
  2. Tithe award schedule for Bolton Percy (1843) (Piece 40, Sub-Piece 008, Image 120, #61 – The Genealogist); Tithe award map for Bolton Percy (1843) (Piece 40, Sub-Piece 008, Sub-Image 001, Type: Colour, #61 – The Genealogist; £).