Shotover River, New Zealand."
Shotover is a hill and forest in
Shotover Hill is 3 miles (5km) to the east of the city of
Oxford. It rises to a height of 557 feet (171m) above sea level. The name Shotover may be derived from the Old English"Scoet Ofer", which means a steep slope. An alternative suggested derivation is a corruption of the French "Chateau Vert" (green castle).
Legend has it that two brothers who lived on either side of the hill tied messages to arrows and shot them over the hill to each other, giving Shotover it's name.
Shotover was also a
royal forestfrom around the period of the Domesday Bookuntil 1660. By this time, the woodland was in a poor state and it was deforested.
The road between
Londonand Oxford used to pass over the top of Shotover Hill. The road was made into a turnpikethrough the 1719 Stokenchurch Turnpike Act.
* [http://www.shotover-house.info/ Unofficial Shotover House website]
* [http://home.clara.net/shotover/shotover.htm Shotover Hill and Country Park]
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