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Robin Hood and the south of Sherwood Forest

September 18, 2012

Places with folklore links to Robin Hood and his merry men in the south of Sherwood Forest

The remains of the Saxon church.

Blidworth

It is claimed that Maid Marion’s family lived in Blidworth and Will Scarlet was buried near the Church. That would have been the old saxon church, parts of which can still be found next to its replacement.

Thieves Wood, Fountain Dale and Friar Tuck’s Well

The Kings Great Road ran through Thieves Wood so the wood could well have been the haunt of outlaws. Fountain Dale is in the bottom of the valley nearer Blidworth. The ballads place Friar Tuck’s first meeting with Robin Hood  in the Dale. Friar Tuck lived in the hermits cell there and looked after a small chapel attached to Newstead Abbey. The chapel was said to be inside the moat, which is still there but has no water. The Friar and Robin carried each other across the moat in a contest of wits. However, the jolly Friar threw Robin in to baptise him.

Local tradition has it that when Friar Turk was evicted from his cell after seven years residence, the well dried up for the same length of time due to a curse placed on it by the canons of Newstead. Ever since it has only flowed every seventh year.  Friar Tuck’s well is still there.

Robin Hood Hill, Robin Hood’s Chair and Robin Hood’s Cave, Robin Hood’s Well

Robin Hood Hill is a line of hills between Kirkby in Ashfield and Newstead. They form a natural amphitheatre facing towards Newstead Abbey with Robin Hood’s Chair below the hill. The cave is a short distance to the southwest. The spring was in nearby Annesley.

Newstead Abbey

Robin Hood’s Stone This long-lost stone was  marked on John Ogilby’s map of 1675 close to Newstead Abbey. On what is now part of the Robin Hood Way.

Papplewick – Robin Hood’s  Stables and the church

The magnificent Yew tree in Papplewick churchyard

Robin Hoods Stables is a traditional name for a cave just to the north of Papplewick, presumably named for its use.

Papplewick Church is claimed to be either the site of Allen a Dale (Allan or Alan) grave or the scene of his marriage. The minstrels’ lover was to be married to an elderly nobleman of her parent’s’ choosing, until Robin stepped in and rescued her. She was instantly wedded to Allen instead.

Robin Hood Hill, Oxton and Robin Hood’s Pot

Robin Hood Hills to the north of Oxton where remains can be seen of a Bronze Age settlement.

This is a small be steep hill between Oxton and Farnsfield. There is hill fort close by with Robin Hood’s Pot, a bronze-age burial mound, 150 metres north-west. It is about 6m high and 25m across. The name originally referred to a stone a mile to the west  which was probably the socket stone of an ancient cross and called ‘Robin Hood Piss Pot’ in Georgian times.

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