1859 - Green, Henry - Knutsford

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1859
Author Green, Henry
Title Knutsford, its Traditions and History: with Reminiscences, Anecdotes, and Notices of the Neighbourhood
Mentions Robin Hood's Well (Knutsford); Sherwod Forest; Robin Hood; Little John; Friar Tuck; race horse
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Robin Hood's Well in Knutsford (approximate location).
The well was situated near Knutsford Gym, probably where the parking lot now is / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-17. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-17. Includes information kindly provided by an anonymous contributor.


 The name Robin Hood's Well, a locality near the Moor, suggests that the great outlaw and freebooter of Sherwood Forest had wandered to our town; we read the motto over the well,

"If Robin Hood be not at home,
Stop and take a drink with little John;"

[p. 131:] and we imagine his favourite attendant must have been concealed close at hand. But, alas! for our antiquarian excitement; just by is a neatly enclosed mound, and a stone engraved with the words, "Alas! poor Bob!" We enquire what it all means, and learn, almost to our vexation, that Robin Hood was the name of a race-horse buried under the mound, and that little John's drink was not the pure element—"that best of liquors," but like Friar Tuck's,—a flagon of strong ale.[1]

Source notes

IRHB's brackets. Italics as in printed source.

IRHB comments

Variants of the inscription cited in the passage above were most commonly found at entrances to public houses named after the Robin Hood and/or Little John.




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