1831 - Roby, John - Traditions of Lancashire, Second Series (2)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1831
Author Roby, John
Title Traditions of Lancashire, Second Series
Mentions Robin Hood's Bed (Blackstone Edge); Robin Hood's Quoit (Monston Edge)
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West to east: Robin Hood's Quoit and Robin Hood's Bed.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-02-14. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.


The following night she watched the moon, as it rose above the huge crags, breaking the long undulating horizon of Blackstone Edge, called "Robin Hood's Bed," or "Robin Hood's chair."*

[Note] * On a bleak moor, called Monstone Edge, in this hamlet, is a huge moor-stone or outlier, which (though part of it was broken off and removed some years ago) still retains the name of Monstone. It is said to have been quoited thither by Robin Hood, from his bed on the top of Blackstone Edge, about six miles off. After striking the mote or mark aimed at, the stone bounced off a few hundred yards, and settled there. These stones, however, in all probability, if not Druidical, were landmarks, the ancient boundary of the hamlet of Healey; and, as was once customary, the marvellous story of this ancient outlaw might be told to the urchins, who accompanied the perambulators, with the addition, probably, of a few kicks and cuffs, to make them remember the spot.[1]

Source notes

IRHB's brackets. The passage occurs in Roby's retelling of 'The Fairies' Chapel'.




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