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Robin's Tump (Cardington)

Coordinates 52.555, -2.7630555555556
Adm. div. Shropshire
Vicinity 750 m WNW of Willstone
Type Prehistoric site
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1883
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Robin's Tump.
The bulge at the centre is Robin's Tump / [Bing Map at National Library of Scotland.]

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-06-06. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-06-09.

Robin's Tump is a small bowl barrow in the parish of Cardington (Shropshire), c. 750 m WNW of the hamlet of Willstone. Margaret Gelling, in the English Place-Name Society's first volume on Shropshire, explains the name as "probably an allusion to Robin Hood, who appears fairly frequently in Sa[lop] minor names".[1]

The Tump is "situated on the top of a west to east spur below the summit of Caer Caradoc Hill",[2]. This small, relatively well-preserved Bronze Age barrow is circular in plan, has a diameter of c. 9 m and a maximum height of c. 80 cm.[2]

The earliest references I have found for this place-name so far are the 25" and 6" O.S. maps of the area published in 1883 (see Maps section below).




Also see


  1. Gelling, Margaret; Foxall, H.D.G.; Champion, W.; Cavill, Paul, introd.; Coates, Richard, introd. The Place-Names of Shropshire (English Place-Name Society, vols. LXII/LXIII, LXX, LXXVI, LXXX, LXXXII, LXXXIX) ([s.l.], 1990; Nottingham, 1995-2012), pt. I, p. 127. IRHB's brackets.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Historic England: Bowl barrow on Robin's Tump, 600m south west of Hill House.