1865 - Redfern, Francis - History of Town of Uttoxeter (1)

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Allusion
Date 1865
Author Redfern, Francis
Title History of the Town of Uttoxeter: with Notices of Places in its Neighbourhood
Mentions Robin Hood's Butts (Combridge); White Gate (Stubwood)
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North to south: Stubwood, where the White Gate was situated; Robin Hood's Butts near Combridge; Lowfields.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-10-16. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-10-18.

Allusion

A barrow still exists at Lowfields with trees growing upon it. It is called "Robin Hood's butts," and the place from whence he is said to have shot his arrows from the trusty bow, is placed at the White Gate on the Stubwood. This low is but slightly elevated above the surrounding surface. Fragments of swords are said to have been turned up near it, in the course of draining operations which have been carried on. There is a tradition current among the peasantry, that a battle was at one time fought at Low Fields, and the appearance of the low would lead one to the belief that it is a Saxon barrow, and may form part of a cemetery of that period.[1]

Source notes

The passage is slightly expanded in the second edition of Redfern's work, see 1865 - Redfern, Francis - History of Town of Uttoxeter (2).

IRHB comments

For discussion of the locality and place-name, see Robin Hood's Butts (Combridge).

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