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Robin Hood Hill (Oxton)

Coordinate 53.075, -1.0562
Adm. div. Nottinghamshire
Vicinity 1.9 km NNE of central Oxton
Type Prehistoric site
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1884
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Robin Hood Hill.
Robin Hood Hill with Loath Hill, believed to have been a Roman fortification, immediately to the north / © Martin Jones, Creative Commons, via Geograph.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2016-10-09. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-04-05.

Gover, Mawer and Stenton in the English Place-Name Society's volume on Nottinghamshire do not provide any reference or first date for this place-name; instead they refer to the place-name Robin Hood Pit, which is first mentioned in an O.S: map published c. 1825.[1] Robin Hood Hill is a tumulus, and the noun 'pit' can mean 'grave', but I find it unlikely that pit' should have been used for 'mound' as in their primary significations they are opposites. Perhaps the c. 1825 O.S. map was also their source for Robin Hood Hill, but until I have access to it, the 6" O.S. map of the area published in 1884 is the earliest source I have come across. Immediately north of Robin Hood Hill is Loath Hill, which according to Martin Jones, who took the photograph shown below, "is thought to have been a Roman fortification".[2]




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