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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, 2021-01-05.

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). Template:PlaceNamesItemQuery