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The [[Sloane Life of Robin Hood|Sloane MS Life of Robin Hood]] from c. 1600 connects Robin Hood with a place or an area named Loxley. One of several possibilities is the hamlet of that name SSW of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. The names of several localities in the vicinity also include the element 'Loxley'.
 
The [[Sloane Life of Robin Hood|Sloane MS Life of Robin Hood]] from c. 1600 connects Robin Hood with a place or an area named Loxley. One of several possibilities is the hamlet of that name SSW of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. The names of several localities in the vicinity also include the element 'Loxley'.
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About one km south of Bramshall and two km south-west of Uttoxeter lies the early-19th-century country house Loxley Hall,<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loxley_Hall Wikipedia: Loxley Hall]</ref> which is now home to Loxley Hall School, a 'special school for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties with resulting behavioural problems'.<ref>[https://www.loxleyhall.staffs.sch.uk Loxley Hall School.]</ref> South of the hall lie Loxley Park, Lower Loxley, Loxley Bank, Loxley Green, Loxley Green Farm, and the hamlet of Loxley itself.
 
About one km south of Bramshall and two km south-west of Uttoxeter lies the early-19th-century country house Loxley Hall,<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loxley_Hall Wikipedia: Loxley Hall]</ref> which is now home to Loxley Hall School, a 'special school for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties with resulting behavioural problems'.<ref>[https://www.loxleyhall.staffs.sch.uk Loxley Hall School.]</ref> South of the hall lie Loxley Park, Lower Loxley, Loxley Bank, Loxley Green, Loxley Green Farm, and the hamlet of Loxley itself.
  
John Marius Wilson in his ''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales'' (1870), noted this area as 'Loxley, a liberty in Uttoxeter parish', where 'Robin Hood is said to have been a native, and to have had here one of his forest haunts'.<ref>{{:Wilson, John Marius 1870a}}, vol. IV, p. 210, ''s.n.'' Loxley [1].</ref> He noted no similar traditions relating to the only other Loxley he included, [[Loxley (Stratford-upon-Avon)|Loxley near Stratford-upon-Avon.]]<ref>{{:Wilson, John Marius 1870a}}, vol. IV, p. 210, ''s.n.'' Loxley [2].</ref> Much more recently a local pundit helped BBC draw up a short list of circumstances that speak in favour of this being the Loxley intended in the Sloane MS, but the evidence that could be mustered is late, peripheral and not very plentiful.<ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2009/08/18/robin_hood_feature.shtml BBC: Stoke & Staffordshire > History > Local Heroes > Robin Hood ... of Staffordshire?]; created 18 Aug. 2009, last updated 6 Oct. 2009.</ref> It was in fact all briefly noted by the local historian Francis Redfern in his ''History of the Town of Uttoxeter'' (1865) (see Allusions below).
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John Marius Wilson in his ''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales'' (1870), noted this area as 'Loxley, a liberty in Uttoxeter parish', where 'Robin Hood is said to have been a native, and to have had here one of his forest haunts'.<ref>{{:Wilson, John Marius 1870a}}, vol. IV, p. 210, ''s.n.'' Loxley [1].</ref> He noted no similar traditions relating to the only other Loxley he included, [[Loxley (Stratford-upon-Avon)|Loxley near Stratford-upon-Avon.]]<ref>{{:Wilson, John Marius 1870a}}, vol. IV, p. 210, ''s.n.'' Loxley [2].</ref> Much more recently a local pundit helped BBC draw up a short list of circumstances that speak in favour of this being the Loxley intended in the Sloane MS, but the evidence that could be mustered is late, peripheral and not very plentiful.<ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2009/08/18/robin_hood_feature.shtml BBC: Stoke & Staffordshire > History > Local Heroes > Robin Hood ... of Staffordshire?]; created 18 Aug. 2009, last updated 6 Oct. 2009.</ref> It was all first brought together and discussed by the local historian Francis Redfern in his ''History of the Town of Uttoxeter'' (1865) (see Allusions below).
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Locality
Coordinate 52.872198, -1.9027
Adm. div. Staffordshire
Vicinity c. 2.7 km SSE of Bramshall; c. 2.4 km SSW of Uttoxeter
Type Settlement
Interest Literary locale
Status Extant
First Record c. 1600
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Loxley (Bramshall).

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-10-12. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-12.

The Sloane MS Life of Robin Hood from c. 1600 connects Robin Hood with a place or an area named Loxley. One of several possibilities is the hamlet of that name SSW of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. The names of several localities in the vicinity also include the element 'Loxley'.

About one km south of Bramshall and two km south-west of Uttoxeter lies the early-19th-century country house Loxley Hall,[1] which is now home to Loxley Hall School, a 'special school for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties with resulting behavioural problems'.[2] South of the hall lie Loxley Park, Lower Loxley, Loxley Bank, Loxley Green, Loxley Green Farm, and the hamlet of Loxley itself.

John Marius Wilson in his Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870), noted this area as 'Loxley, a liberty in Uttoxeter parish', where 'Robin Hood is said to have been a native, and to have had here one of his forest haunts'.[3] He noted no similar traditions relating to the only other Loxley he included, Loxley near Stratford-upon-Avon.[4] Much more recently a local pundit helped BBC draw up a short list of circumstances that speak in favour of this being the Loxley intended in the Sloane MS, but the evidence that could be mustered is late, peripheral and not very plentiful.[5] It was all first brought together and discussed by the local historian Francis Redfern in his History of the Town of Uttoxeter (1865) (see Allusions below).

Allusions

1845 - Palmer, Charles Ferrers - History of Tamworth (2)

 We must now turn our attention from the very general and enlarged view, in which we have been lately compelled to give the history of Tamworth, to subjects of more particular and limited interest. And this course of proceeding we adopt with the greater pleasure, as we enter into a field freer from the dry details, which have demanded our chief consideration, since the period of the conquest. The first point, which will occupy our regard, is one connected with tales and legends, heard with intense interest and gratification in the vernal days of childhood, and remembered with pleasure, when the winter of life has chilled the energy of youth, and hoary made the head. [p. 60:]

 According to the common tradition of the locality, Tamworth and the surrounding neighbourhood were the frequent resort of the famous outlaw, Robin Hood. By the name of his butts, have ever been known the Roman tumuli at Wigginton and Elford. It has been suggested that they might have received this appellation, merely from their being the common archery grounds, where the people practised the noble art, once so highly prized in this kingdom. But, had it been usual for such places to be so named, every town and village would have boasted of its Robin Hood’s butts. There is not the least improbability in his visiting this place, as he so constantly haunted localities within about thirty miles distant. The extensive royal woods around this town would doubtless form a rich field for his adventures. The tale, however, that he was able to shoot from one of these butts to the other seems to have been a modern addition, in order to account for their designation. It was in fact a total impossibility, as the distance is nearly two miles. The longest shot which Robin is recorded to have made, was when he was requested to exhibit his dexterity with the bow by Richard, abbot of Whitby, with whom he and his lieutenant, Little John, went to dine, most probably without waiting for the formality of a special invitation. From the top of the abbey, he and his companion let two arrows fly, which fell, one on either side of a lane, not far from Whitby laths. The distance was about a mile and a quarter; and it must have been very considerably increased by the elevated situation which the shooters occupied, as the abbey stood on the summit of a cliff. This feat occurred in 1188. In memory of the transaction, the abbot caused [p. 61:] two pillars to be erected, where the arrows fell, on each of which was inscribed the name of the shooter.

 We are, indeed, unwilling to lose the connection of Tamworth with the bold rover of the forests. He is the only malefactor, whose memory reflects no disgrace on those places, with which his name is associated. On the contrary, it has attached an almost sacred character to them; for the very crimes of the outlaw were rendered hallowed to succeeding generations. His constant opposition to the tyranny of the Norman lords and his principles of equality endeared him, in the strongest manner, to the Saxons, who formed the great mass of the population. For, according to the old historians, though an arch-robber, he was the gentlest thief that ever lived, and a man of unbounded charity. The opulent and noble he deprived of their wealth, to enrich the poor; and for the oppressed, he frequently obtained the redress, for which they vainly ought elsewhere. He was not destitute of the deep religious temper of those olden times, which influenced every action of life, and, however anomalous it might be thought, gave a peculiar tinge even to the commission of misdeeds themselves. The same source of all the refined feelings, which characterize Christianity, gave him, in common with the rest, that generous and noble disposition towards the tenderer sex, so universal in the days of chivalry, whence it as descended to our times. For, according to the old ballad,

Robin loved our dere Lady;
For doute of dedely synne,
Wolds he never do company harm
That any woman was ynne.

[p. 62:] There has been much dispute respecting the title which Robin Hood is said to have possessed of earl of Huntingdon. His real name is conjectured to have been Robert Fitz-ooth; and the common-people, dropping the Norman Fitz, modified it into Hood. Robin might probably have been an alteration of Roving,–a title most appropriate to him, on account of the unsettled and wandering life which he led. All the ballads concerning him present the marks of changes in orthography, at different periods. If these opinions be correct, he most certainly was connected with the family of Simon de St. Liz, earl of Huntingdon. But in the old legends, he is often styled simply a yeoman. Thus one, entitled "a lytell geste of Robyn hode and his meyne, and of the proude sheryfe of Notyngham" begins

"Lithe and lysten, gentylmen,
That be of fre-bore blode:
I shall you tell of a good yeman,
His name was Robyn hode."

 This circumstance has formed the foundation of one of the greatest objections, which has been urged against his having held the title. A little consideration, however, will remove the difficulty, in a very great measure. A yeoman he might have been; for he does not appear to have possessed any estates. It is probable that the family property was confiscated in his father’s time, in consequence of the rebellion of Robert de Ferrers against Henry II., in 1173. According to the collection, called "Robin Hood’s Garland," he was a native of Loxley, which belonged to the Ferrers’ family. He [p. 63:] could not have assumed the title until the death of John Scott, tenth and last earl of Huntingdon (also of Chester), in 1237. He was, at that time, an old man; and his deeds of renown were almost brought to a close. Hence the ballads relating to exploits which occurred previously to this time might rightly denominate him a yeoman.

 But even supposing that Robin Hood were Fitz-ooth, his right to the earldom of Huntingdon was of a very dubious nature. It would rather descend with the sisters and coheiresses of John Scott, than pass to him. It is not improbable that he might have assumed the title whilst it lay dormant, or it was assigned to him by the people, rather than that he properly possessed it. In fact, without regarding any other point, he was incapable as an outlaw of holding it. But here we are entering so deeply into the wide region of conjecture, that we shall draw this part of our subject to a conclusion.

 Bold Robin died when he must have attained an age of upwards of eighty years. The stone over his humble tomb, near the nunnery of Kirklees, in Yorkshire, still remains. It once bore this inscription, now effaced by time.[6]

Hear, undernead dis latil [sic] stean,
laiz robert, earl of huntingtun;
nea archir ver az hie sae geud,
an pipl kauld im Robin Heud.
sick utlawz as hi an iz men
vil England nivir si agen.
  obiit 24 kal. dekembris, 1247.

1886 - Redfern, Francis - History and Antiquities of Town of Uttoxeter (3)

LOCHELER, OR LOCKESLEID.

  Loxley, in the parish of Uttoxeter, on the west, is an old Saxon name, and a place of considerable interest. It was a grant from the Crown to Robert de Ferrars, first Earl of Derby, who died in 1184. By the second Earl William, it was granted to his younger son Wakelin, and it was held by a Robert, an Alan, a Thomas, and Henry. From an inquisition taken after 1297, it appears that Loxley manor was held by the heirs of Thomas de Ferrars, who was the youngest son of William, third earl of Derby, who did homage for Chartley, which was exchanged by Thomas with his brother for Loxley. There is a blank here in this branch for one generation at least, and therefore the second Thomas, whose daughter Johanna, as sole heiress, brought Loxley to the Kynersleys by marriage in 1327 with John de Kynnardsley, must have been of a third generation from the first Thomas. In existing deeds there are evidences of a William and a Robert holding Loxley. William Earl de Ferrars, grants in or near Lockesleid "Will'o, filio Will'i, filiolo meo." In a deed [p. 426:] of Lord Bagot, "Robert de Ferr', avunculus com, de Ferr," grants "eight bonatas in Lochesl' to Osbert, homini meo de Lockesleid;" yet besides this Robert "avunculus" there was a Robert de Ferrariis de Lokesle, co-witness with Robert avunculus de Monastic. (Angl. II. 506.) The above John de Kynardsley is mentioned in a deed of 1330, as "Dominus de Lockesley." He was descended from the family of Kynardsley of Kynardsley Castle, in Herefordshire, where they were seated at and before the time of the Conquest. His two immediate ancestors were, William, seated at Kynardsley Casde, and William, lord of the manor of Wyebridge. John Kynardsley and three brothers were advanced with estates (most by returning to John or issue) by an uncle, "dom's John de Kynardesley, cleric's Thomse com, Lancaster," and rector of Stoke. The estate has descended in uninterrupted succession from father to son (except in instances, when in default of issue, brother succeeded brother), to Clement Kynersley, Esq., who died in 1815, having devised this estate to his nephew, Thomas Sneyed, Esq., a son of his eldest sister, Penelope, by John Sneyed, of Belmont, Esq., and who, in compliance with the will of his uncle, Thomas Sneyd, took the name of Kynersley in addition to his own. He died by an accident in 1844. His eldest son and heir, Clement John Sneyd Kynersley, dying in 1840, he was succeeded by his grandson, the eldest son of C. T. S. Kynersley, who was born in 1833, and since deceased. Thomas Kynersley, twenty-two, Charles I.; Craven Kynersley, seventh, George II.; and Clement Kynersley, tenth, George III., were sheriffs.

  Some of the land now belonging to Loxley estate was of recent acquisition in the early part of the reign of Charles I., and is then spoken of in writings in the ensuing words : — "Thomas Kynnersley, Esq., houldeth by fealty Knight service and suit the manor of Little Loxley, and he houldeth freely one part of the reputed manor of Little Bromshulfe, in three parts to be divided, and certain other lands sometimes Walter's land by the yearly rent of [p. 437:] xviiis." The ancient Loxley inheritance is mentioned in these words: — "The said Thomas Kynnersley, Esq., houldeth divers lands and tenements, the ancient lands of Kynnersley, at the rent of xxxiiis. iiiid." The hall is referred to in the same records as "The Ould Hall," and "The Ould Hall Meadow." The ancient residence was probably superseded by the hall which was partly demolished by Thomas Sneyd Kynersley, Esq.,"who built the present edifice, which is of stone. The preceding house was of red brick with stone dressings and pediment, Ionic pillars with elaborately carved Corinthian capitals. The front hall is a noble room with a gallery. The arms of the principal families in the Kingdom in 1608, are painted round the room, and those of the Royal family over the fire-place, which is supported by ancient and beautifully carved oak pillars. A painting of the old hall, as well as one of Ashcombe Hall, is also over the fireplace on a panel. A little beneath the row of almost innumerable coats-of-arms, there are old paintings let in antique oak panelling of the wainscotting, of the apostles and disciples of Christ. In the hall are also preserved a number of ancient family portraits. The Corinthian capitals, the beautifully carved volutes and floral designs in stone, the stonework of the open parapet of the old hall, the armorial bearings of the family cut in stone, and a fine grotesque mask in the same material, all having been ornamental portions in the front of the old mansion, have been built into a grotto which stands in the Long Walk. In the windows of the grotto were also inserted small square panes of glass from the same ancient residence, bearing the arms of the Ferrars in the form of horse-shoes, and which were doubtless executed before Loxley came to the family of Kynnersley. The elaborately carved oaken door in oak-leaf work, probably of the decorated period, in the grotto, was the front door of the old hall. When I saw this interesting place some nine or ten years ago it looked very forlorn, and the last piece of coloured glass with a horse-shoe represented on it bid fair to follow others which have been broken to pieces [p. 428:] within the last twenty-five years. Loxley Hall has not been occupied by the representatives of the family of Kynnersley for many years, but has been rented successively by Joseph Mallaby, Esq., Colonel the Hon. Thomas Stanley, and now by Dr. Mould, of Cheadle, near Manchester, as a convalescent home for wealthy patients, who are under the care of Dr. Fletcher, of Uttoxeter.

  Loxley Park and Paddock, with a small intake, comprise 212a., and the Hall, pleasure-grounds and gardens, about 7 a. or. 2 p.

  Loxley has attained a degree of celebrity as having been the reputed birthplace and scene of the marriage and of many of the bold exploits of Robin Hood, who, it is believed, was no other than a Robert de Ferrars. It is supposed he may have had the name of Hood from being hooded, and that of Huntingdon from engaging in hunting, and although Norman by blood, it is thought not improbable that he might take up the popular cause. There is in existence in the family of Kynnersley, an ancient horn having the proud name of Robin Hood's horn, and which was formerly in the possession of the Ferrars, of Chartley, and then of the branch of the same family at Loxley, and so passed to the family of Kynnersley by the marriage of the heiress of Ferrars with John de Kynardsley. It has the initials of R. H., and three horse-shoes, two and one in a shield, that being the way in which the arms were borne by the first Thomas de Ferrars of Loxley, and probably by a Robert, who preceded him apparently towards the close of the twelfth century, and as they were on the coloured glass of which I have spoken, the traditionary connection of the horn with the name of Robin Hood is interesting. The horn is mounted with silver ferrules, and has a silver chain attached to it for suspension. As will be perceived by the engraving, ornamentation is also carved upon it, including a star, which may be emblematic, having long and short radiations alternating, and all cut in notches. [p. 429:]

  With respect to the marriage of Robin Hood at Loxley, an old chronicle states that after his return there from a visit to his uncle Gamewell, in Warwickshire, after certain enquiries concerning his men,

"Clorinda came by,
The queen of the shepherds was she,"

with whom he fell in love, when,

Sir Roger, the parson of Dubridge, was sent for in haste:
He brought his mass book and bid them take hands,
And joined them in marriage full fast.

According to the traditions of the neighbourhood, the honeymoon was spent at the beautiful demesne of Loxley; and many engaging stories have been related by the old gardener of Loxley a hundred and ten years ago—the maternal grandfather of a friend of mine, Mr. G. Foster, of Endon—respecting both the rendezvous and doings of this celebrated outlaw. These lines are supposed to have reference to the gallant freebooter, on his return to Loxley after the marriage with his wife:—

Bold Robin Hood and his sweet bride,
  Went hand in hand into the green bower:
The birds sang with pleasure in those merry green groves;
  O, this was a most joyful hour.[7]

1901 - Randall, J L - History of Meynell Hounds (3)

  Loxley is also interesting from its connection with Robin Hood, who is said not only to have been born there, but to have been married there as well. He is thought by some to have been a Robert de Ferrers. To quote the exact words of Mr. Redfern, from whose history and antiquities of Uttoxeter this account is taken, "It is supposed that he may have had the name of Hood from being hooded, and that of Huntingdon from being engaged in hunting, and, although Norman by blood, it is thought not impossible that he might take up the popular cause. There is in existence in the family of Kynersley, an ancient horn having the proud name of Robin Hood's horn, and which was formerly in the possession of the Ferrers of Chartley, and then of the branch of the same family at Loxley, and so passed to the family of Kynersley by the marriage of the heiress of Ferrers with John de Kynardsley. It has the initials R. H., and three horse-shoes, two and one, in a shield, that being the way in which the arms were borne by the first Thomas de Ferrers of Loxley, and probably by a Robert, who preceded him apparently towards the close of the twelfth century; and as they were on the coloured glass (in the house) of which I have spoken, the traditionary connection with Robin Hood is interesting. The horn is mounted with silver ferrules, and has a silver chain attached to it for suspension. . . ."

  With respect to the marriage of Robin Hood at Loxley, an old chronicle states that after his return there from a visit to his uncle Gamewell, in Warwickshire, after certain inquiries concerning his men,

" Cloranda came by,
The queen of the shepherds was she,"

with whom he fell in love, when

"Sir Roger, the parson of Dubridge, was sent for in haste;
He brought his Mass book and bid them take hands,
And joined them in marriage full fast."

[vol. II, p. 187:]  "Dubridge" is the old spelling of Doveridge. Dove is the old British word " Dwfr," which means water.[8]

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