Plumpton Park (Gisburn Forest)
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-03-27. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-05-23.
In the Gest of Robyn Hode, King Edward is exasperated at noticing the scarcity of deer in Plumpton Park after Robin and his men have been poaching there during their stay with the knight (see Quotations below). We should almost certainly take this to be in Lancashire, but it could just possibly be some place King Edward was meant to have visited after his progress in Lancashire, and in that case a possible locality is a Plumpton Park that was located c. 8.5 km S of Settle. It occurs as a field name slightly WSW of Lower Agden in an 1846 MS tithe award for Gisburn Forest. I have not found it referred to in any other sources.
Since this locality was situated in Gisburn Forest, it is perhaps worth noting that the chief villain of the ballad of Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne (c. 1650) was probably meant to come from Gisburn, c. 7 km SSE of Gisburn Forest.
All the passe of Lancasshyre
He went both ferre and nere
Tyll he came to Plomton Parke
He faylyd many of his dere.
- Not included in Dobson, R. B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 293-311
- Not included in Smith, A.H. The Place-Names of the West Riding of Yorkshire (English Place-Name Society, vols. XXX-XXXVII) (Cambridge, 1961-63).
- A Gest of Robyn Hode, st. 357.
Maps of the area, Plumpton Park is not indicated.
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire 166 (1853, surveyed 1849-50)
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire CLXVI.NW (1896, rev. 1892-93)
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire CLXVI.NW (1909, rev. 1907)
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire CLXVI.NW (1909, rev. 1907) (georeferenced).