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Robbin's Well (Market Bosworth)

Coordinates 52.623888888889, -1.4033333333333
Adm. div. Leicestershire
Vicinity In or near Market Bosworth
Type Natural feature
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1625
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Market Bosworth, where a locality was known as Robbin's Well in 1625.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-06-14. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-06-14.

'Robbin's Well' occurs as a field name in Market Bosworth in 1625. Barrie Cox notes that "a surn[ame]. with well may be discounted, so likely it is an allusion to the legend of Robin Hood". His source is an unspecified terrier.[1]

I have searched through the tithe awards of Market Bosworth and the following neighbouring villages without finding any mention of Robbin's Well: Bilstone, Cadeby, Carlton, Dadington, Osbaston, Shenton, Sibson, Twycross, and Upton.[2] To be able to put this entry on the map I have used the coordinates of Market Bosworth.






  1. Cox, Barrie; Watts, Victor, introd.; Coates, Richard, gen. ed.; Cavill, Paul, production ed. The Place-Names of Leicestershire (English Place-Name Society, vols. LXXV, LXXVIII, LXXXI, LXXXIV, LXXXVIII, XC-XCI) (Nottingham, 1998-2016), pt. VI, p. 173; pt.VI,pp. xxx, 167, for source. Cox's italics. IRHB's brackets.
  2. The Genealogist (paid subscription required).