1913 - Cooke, Arthur Owens - Forest of Dean

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1913
Author Cooke, Arthur Owens
Title The Forest of Dean
Mentions Marian's Lodge [Maid Marian]
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Marian's Lodge in the Forest of Dean, near Berry Hill.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-02-20. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-17.


Coleford is the rendezvous to-day, and we can gain it as we please — afoot, by cycle, or by railway through Parkend. Our friend the Instructor joins us there by train, together with a member of the class; seven more await us just by Marian's Lodge, a mile due north of Coleford by the road that leads through Berry Hill. Eight well-set-up intelligent young working-men in all, ranging in age from twenty to five-and-twenty. The school, when founded, admitted pupils of a younger age, but the results were not found satisfactory, and the limit has since been raised. [p. 135:]

 Attached to Marian's Lodge, as to most other of the Forest lodges, is a nursery, and a short pause is made beside the fence while we inspect its infent occupants. Larches six inches high are growing somewhat brown and sickly from the long May drought. The class, being one for beginners, is invited to note the difference between the "green" and "blue" varieties of Douglas fir, and is enlightened as to the superior merits of the former tree. [... p. 136: ...]

 From Marian's Lodge we have been following a course north-west, and now are skirting Bracelands, the lonely wood-embosomed residence of a Forest official.[1]

Source notes

IRHB's brackets.

IRHB comments

The name of Marian's Lodge, like other "Marian" place-names in the southern part of the Forest of Dean, seems to be inspired by that of Marian's Brick Works, which probably was meant to refer to Maid Marian.




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