1817 - Young, George - History of Whitby (2)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1817
Author Young, George
Title The History of Whitby and of Whitby Abbey

Robin Hood's Bay; Robin Hood; Robert earl of Huntington; Little John; [Whitby Abbey]; Robin Hood's Close [Whitby Laithes]; Little John's Close [Whitby Laithes];

[Robin Hood's Stoe, Whitby Laithes]; [Little John's Stone, Whitby Laithes]; [Robin Hood's Bay]; [Robin Hood's Butts, Brow Moor]
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From north to south: Whitby Abbey, the Robin Hood-related places at Whitby Laithes, and Ravenscar. Near Whitby Laithes, only Little John's Stone is (visibly) indicated, but you can zoom in using the scroll wheel on your mouse to see Little John's Close, Robin Hood's Close, and Robin Hood's Stone indicated as well.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2016-05-31. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.


Nearer [than Stainton Dale] to Whitby is the inlet called Robin Hood's Bay, in the north-west part of which there is a fishing town of the same name, of a romantic appearance, containing about 1000 inhabitants. The village and bay derive their name from the celebrated outlaw Robin Hood, who is said to have frequented the spot.§ [...]
[Note §:] This Robin Hood (or Robert earl of Huntington) celebrated for his predatory exploits, is said to have died in the year 1247. According to tradition, he and his trusty mate Little John went to dine with one of the abbots of Whitby, and being desired by the abbot to try how far each of them could shoot an arrow, they both shot from the top of the abbey, and their arrows fell on the west side of Whitby Lathes, beside the lane leading from thence to Stainsacre; that of Robin Hood falling on the north side of the lane, and that of Little John about 100 feet further, on the south side of the lane. In the spot where Robin's arrow is said to have lighted stands a stone pillar about a foot square, and 4 feet high; and a similar pillar 2½ feet high, marks the place where John's arrow fell. The fields on the one side are called Robin Hood closes, and those on the other Little John closes. They are so termed in the conveyance, dated in 1713, from Hugh Cholmley, Esq. to John Watson, ancestor to the present proprietor, Mr. Rob. Watson. The tradition is scarcely credible, the distance of those pillars from the abbey being about a mile and a half. Much more incredible is the tradition, that Robin shot an arrow from the height where Stoupe Brow beacon is placed, right across the bay to the town which bears his name; having resolved to build a town where the arrow lighted. To the south of that beacon are two or three tumuli or barrows, called Robin Hood's butts; from a fabulous story of his using them as butts, when he exercised his men in shooting.[1]

Source Notes

IRHB's ellipses. Italics as in source.



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