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Survey of English Place-Names

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Poole's Cavern

Early-attested site in the Parish of Burbage

Historical Forms

  • Pool Hole 1614 Plan
  • Poole hole 1630 DbAix


Poole's Cavern, Pool Hole 1614Plan , Poole hole 1630 DbA ix. The traditional explanation of the name is that given by Thomas Hobbes in De Mirabilibus Pecci (1636) and by Charles Cotton in The Wonders of the Peak (1681) of an outlaw named Poole who made his dwelling there. There is no documentary evidence to support the tradition.

Places in the same Parish

Major Settlement