Little John's Helmet (Hathersage Church)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.333079, -1.650119
Adm. div. Derbyshire
Vicinity In Hathersage Church, Hathersage
Type Artifact
Interest Artifacts
Status Defunct
First Record c. 1750
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Hathersage Church where the arrows and other Little John relics were found before c. 1750.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-05-01. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-04-28.

Little John's helmet and bow, which with other Little John relics formerly hung in Hathersage church, were said to be in the collection at Parham House in 1868. However, as far as the bow is concerned this is in conflict with another account of the fate of these relics after they were removed from Hathersage Church.


[1868, legend:]
Helmet from over Little John's tomb; temp. King John. It was suspended until 1784 in the parish church of Hathersage, near Derby, together with his yew bow, 6 ft. 7 in. long. Robin Hood died in 1247. Both of these are now in the Parham Collection.[1]

[1868, list of plates:]
Helmet, supposed, of Little John, temp. King John[2]

[1873:] Open Helmet, of very large size. It belonged to Little John, Lieutenant of Robin Hood; it has been painted green. Date, about 1240. Several helmets about this period have been painted in colours.[3]



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