Robin How (Luccombe)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 51.173278, -3.563963
Adm. div. Somerset
Vicinity On Dunkery Hill, c. 2 km SSW of Luccombe
Type Prehistoric site
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1889
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Robin How.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-09-15. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.

Robin How is a large Bronze Age cairn on Dunkery Hill. On the how, a circular mound of stone enclosed by a heather and turf covered bank, c. 21.5 m in diameter and more than 2 metres high, two conical tops were formerly found, one to the north, the other to the south, each about 1 m in height. These have been levelled at a relatively recent date.[1] One or more of the quarry pits found in the immediate vicinity may have provided the material for the mound.

Robin How and Joaney How, a little to the northeast, together with their unnamed southern neighbour (see Google aerial photo on this page) used to be referred to collectively as Luckham Barrows. The earliest source to include the names 'Robin How' and 'Joaney How' found so far is the 6" O.S. map from 1889 listed in the Maps section below.[1] Apparently there is a tradition to the effect that Robin How and Joaney How are named after Robin Hood and Little John.[2]





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