1892 - Grindon, Leo H - Lancashire (1)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1892
Author Grindon, Leo H
Title Lancashire: Brief Historical and Descriptive Notes
Mentions Robin Hood's Bed (Blackstone Edge)
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Robin Hood's Bed (Blackstone Edge).

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-02-26. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-17.


The waters at Lymm and Taxal belong respectively to Cheshire and Derbyshire. Independently of those at Rivington, Lancashire excels both of them in the romantic lake below Blackstone Edge, well known to every pleasure-seeker as "Hollingworth." The measurement round the margin is quite two miles; hills almost completely encircle it, and, as seen from the edge, near Robin Hood's crags, so utterly is it detached from all that pertains to towns and cities as to recall the remotest wilds beyond the Tweed. Hollingworth Lake was constructed about ninety years ago with a view to steady maintenance of the Rochdale Canal. Among the hills upon the opposite or north-western side of the valley, Brown Wardle, often named in story, is conspicuous; and adorning the lofty general outline may be seen — best, perhaps, from near "Middleton Junction" — another mamelon — this one [p. 214:] believed in local story to be a haunt of the maidens of the Midsummer Night's Dream.
 Looking westward from the Robin Hood pinnacles, the prospect includes the valleys of the Roch and the Spodden — the last-named stream in parts wild and wilful.[1]

Source notes

IRHB's brackets. Italics as in printed source. The author's full name is Leopold Hartley Grindon.[2]

IRHB comments

The name 'Robin Hood's Bed' must originally have been applied to a specific feature at Blackstone Edge but is often also found used of the entire ridge. In view of the context, Robin Hood's "crags" and "pinnacles" must be synonyms of 'Robin hood's Bed' as used in this wider sense.




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