The Butts

Along the west side of the Pleasure Grounds, backing onto the gardens of Roseland Avenue, is a wall of Heavitree Stone. It marks the boundary of three old fields: Lower, Middle and Higher Butts.

One of the meanings of the word ‘Butts’ was a place where boys and men had to practise their archery in the days before guns. These fields were long and narrow, just the shape you would want for archery practice! Who knows?