Honiton festivals

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Locality Honiton
Vicinity 27 km NE of Exeter
Coordinate 50.799203, -3.188454
Adm. div. Devon
Began 1571/72
Ended 1576/77
Events One pound of gunpowder spent when Robert Hood (Robin Hood) of Colyton visited; Whitsun ale.

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Honiton was visited by Robin Hood of Colyton, c. 10.5 km to the SE.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2015-08-27. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.



payd to master cogynge for one ˄⌜j li. of⌝ powdar when
Robarte hode of collyton came in          xiiii 〈...〉[1]


Item made declaro for whit sonne ayle       xix s x〈.〉
Item mad declaro for Roberte houde          xvij s[2]

Source notes

"˂...˃" indicates "lost or illegible letters in the original"; "⌜⌝" indicates "interlineation above the line"; "˄" represents a caret mark in Wasson's source.
1571/72: St Michael's Churchwardens' Accounts, f. 4. Accounting year: 30 November-29 November. Under heading "Charges". Note to bracketed ellipsis: "page torn".
1576/77: St Michael's Churchwardens' Accounts, f. 15. Accounting year: 30 November-29 November. Under heading: "Receipts".
Wasson, p. xxv, notes the relative abundance of Robin Hood entries in Devon records, but warns against assuming the events in question were all of a dramatic nature, noting that the chief tasks of the persons elected Robin Hood and Little John were to collect money for the parish and frequently to serve as ale wardens; in most cases the records are not explicit as to the nature of the events.
Wasson (1986), p. lxii: church ales figure in Honiton accounts during the period from 1570 to 1581.

IRHB comments

In 1580/81, minstrels were paid 5s. "at whytsontyde".[3] Colyton, whence the visiting Robin Hood came, lies c. 10.5 km to the south-east.

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