The earliest reference to Kirk Hallam Park is in the 1230s when Richard, son of Peter of Sandiacre, gave the canons of Dale a plot in his park of Kirk Hallam to make a fishpond on the 'sitch' next to the 'Fal' (?waterfall). Later, the canons acquired several acres of arable land there and still later they were given all the land in the park except the oaks and hazels. They were also allowed common pasture there, as were the free tenants of Kirk Hallam. In addition, Ralph, possibly a parker, had a house in the park, as well as some arable land. These references provide a very different view of the medieval park from that of the usual 'deer park' image. Finding evidence for the park on the ground was problematical although the charters and a 17th century map of Dale Lordship provided some clues. The map shows 'Great Hallam Parke', Near Hallam Parke' and 'Hallam Parke Close', together with 'Ox Hayes' and the 'Three Pools'. These suggest it was in the western part of the parish close to Dale Abbey itself, with the arable land within the park on 'Siffon' hill, the name now lost. (1)
Bibliographic reference: Wiltshire, M & Woore, S. 2009. Medieval Parks of Derbyshire. pp 82-83.
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DALE ABBEY, EREWASH, DERBYSHIRE
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