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Robin Hood Pond (Thorpe Thewles)

Coordinates 54.617222222222, -1.3691666666667
Adm. div. Durham
Vicinity c. 1.6 km NNW of Thorpe Thewles, Grindon, Stockton-on-Tees
Type Natural feature
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct?
First Record 1842
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Robin Hood's Pond.
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(The site of) Robin Hood's Pond.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-04-09. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-06-02.

Robin Hood Pond is listed as a field in the English Place-Name Society's volume on Durham,[1] which cites as its source an 1842 tithe award for Thorpe Thewles,[2] in which it is categorized as pasture with an area of 9 acres, 1 rood and 20 perches (37939.28 m2), the owner a William Russell, Esq., the occupiers William and Thomas Wheatley. As one would expect, the name refers properly to a pond within this piece of land. On the 6" O:S. maps of the area published 1859 to 1947 it can be clearly seen a few meters NW of a northeast-pointing tentacle of Thorpe Wood on that wood's eastern side (see links in Maps section below). Since 1939, when the area was surveyed for the latest of these maps, the woody tentacle has stretched north to include at its tip the site of the little pond, which was already in 1859 shown with three trees to its immediate north. The (site of the) pond is located c. 275 m NW of Fulthorpe Farm.

I have listed Robin Hood Pond as a natural feature, but it may of course have been dug by a farmer as a watering hole for livestock etc. As of 9 April 2017, a Google search yielded no results for this locality, which may suggest that the pond no longer exists or is no longer known as 'Robin Hood Pond'. A request for information I posted on the Thorpe Thewles History Group Forum on 9 April 2017 has not been answered yet.[3]


MS sources

Printed sources




  1. Watts, Victor; Cavill, Paul, ed. The Place-Names of County Durham (English Place-Name Society, vol. LXXXIII) (Nottingham, 2007), p. 92.
  2. Genealogist: Piece 11, sub-piece 258, image 015 (paid subscription required); Genealogist: Piece 11, sub-piece 258, sub-image 001, type b&w TNA (map; paid subscription required).
  3. Thorpe Thewles History Group: Forum: Robin Hood Pond.