The grave in the picture is of a type that is often studied by Robin Hood enthusiasts and this picture of an 18th century grave from the Wakefield area was kindly supplied by Stephen Hill. Only the wealthiest families would be able to afford such a grand memorial so unless Robin Hood was pardoned and belonged to a wealthy family it is more likely his final resting place would be marked by a simple wooden cross perhaps two branches tied together, now long gone?
The parish of Bradfield includes Loxley and High Bradfield was originally called "Kirkton" which comes from the Anglo-Saxon "cyrictun", meaning a cemetery. Another local name was "Dead Man's Half Acre. Later Kirkton came to be called Kirk Town (Churchtown) and now it is called High Bradfield to distinguish it from Low Bradfield. The original church was built soon after the Norman Conquest by the Monks of Ecclesfield who walked there each Sunday to take the services. The significance of Bradfield is that it is only a relatively short walk from there to Hathersage where according to legend Little John is buried.
The strange mounds behind the church are described by historians as a "motte and bailey" castle supposedly thrown up in haste after the conquest of Hallamshire by the Norman's as a defensive fortification although they may go back much further and the historian Joseph Hunter described Bailey Hill as "a Saxon camp, as fair and perfect as when first constructed, save that the keep is overgrown with bushes. The date of this work is now impossible to ascertain; but it is obvious that so complete a work must have been formed not in haste, or to serve any temporary purpose, but to be used as a constant military post; one of the frontier barriers, it is probable of the Kingdom of Northumbria." The hill behind the church tower is "Castle Hill."
Addy in his "Hall of Waltheof" (1895) said he had examined Bailey Hill carefully and concluded the evidence pointed away from a defensive purpose, more that the hill was the former place of village assembly, law-giving and burial.
Bailey Hill consists of two artificial mounds, known as the round mound and the long mound, on a prominent high point above the undulating landscape in the valley below. The round mound is fifty feet in height and entirely surrounded by a deep trench.
"The great earthwork," Addy wrote. "Was originally a burial mound, and afterwards doubtless the place of the old folk moot, or village assembly, and the scene of many a religious rite . . . the appearance of Bailey Hill, as you look down upon it from the fields above, is most characteristic of a large burial mound. It is like an enormous sugar-loaf, with a flattened top, and were its sides not overgrown with stunted trees the resemblance to a pyramid would be most striking."
Robin Hood it is said lies burried at Kirk Lees and in the same parish as Loxley there is the church of Kirk Town seen in the picture.
In the “Lee” of the Church, "Kirk Lee," is a graveyard that could be the Kirklees of the ballad?
The Knights Hospitlars who were known for their medical skills were prominent in the area, they owned Platts Farm which is still lived in and they built a hospital at nearby Castleton at the invitation of William Peveril's wife, this was their home and it is where William Peveril I. who was the Sheriff of Nottingham died.
Judith the wife of Watheof the