Robin Hood's Butt, Clapham

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameRobin Hood's Butt, Clapham
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishClapham cum Newby

Clark lists in Lancashire "Robin Hood's Butt.–At Clapham is a mound, but its character is doubtful."

The mound known as Butt Hill or Robin Hoods's Butt is likley to be a natural feature but was tentatively included in a list of mottes by a Victorian antiquarian, who himself noted the element of doubt in this interpretation. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

There are several places called 'Robin Hood's Butt' across the country. Ford's 1839, Map of the Lake District of Cumberland, Westmoreland and Lancashire shows a Robin Hood's Butt as a settlement midway between Clapham and High Bentham. Given this the likely identification of Clark's mound is Butt Hill, which looks distinctive on the map but there is nothing to suggest this is anything other than natural. On the parish boundary and the old county boundary but does seem to have been in Yorkshire not Lancashire.

- Philip Davis

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Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSD706688
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  • Ford, 1839, Map of the Lake District of Cumberland, Westmoreland and Lancashire online copy


  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 207 online copy