Robin Hood Hill (Oxton)
|Vicinity||1.9 km NNE of central Oxton|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
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. 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".
- Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), p. 302, s.n. 'Robin Hood Hill'.
- Grograph: SK6353: Robin Hood Hill.
- Gover, J.E.B.; Mawer, Allen; Stenton, F.M. The Place-Names of Nottinghamshire (English Place-Name Society, vol. XVII) (Cambridge, 1940), pp. 173, 294.
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXXIII.NE (1884; surveyed 1873-84)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXXIII.NE (1900; rev. 1898-99)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXXIII.NE (1920; rev. 1913).