Little John (Hardcastle Moor)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 54.0839, -1.8399
Adm. div. West Riding of Yorkshire
Vicinity c. 6 km W of Pateley Bridge
Type Miscellaneous
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct?
First Record 1854
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Little John, the quarry.
Hollin Crags gritstone outcrop c. 200 m from the site of Little John / Mick Borroff, 23 Sep. 2007, Creative Commons, via Geograph.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2016-08-09. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-06.

The first 6" O.S. map of the Bewerley–Thornthwaite–Padside area, published in 1854, surveyed 1849-50, has the name "Little John" next to what must be the marker for a quarry,[1] on Hardcastle Moor, towards the SE end of the present Yorkshire Dales National Park. The quarry was situated immediately east of a footpath, not shown on Google Maps, but then running approximately NNW to SSE through the area. The quarry is not indicated on the later 6" O.S. maps.[2] It is uncertain if the name had anything to do with Robin Hood's second-in-command; in the immediate vicinity was a quarry named Little Betty.

This part of Yorkshire then belonged to the West Riding but is now part of the North Riding. A search for "Little John" and "Hardcastle Moor" on 9 August 2016 yielded no relevant results.



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