Robin Hood Spring (Allerston High Moor)
|Adm. div.||North Riding of Yorkshire|
|Vicinity||c. 1.75 km SE of RAF Fylingdales|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
|A.k.a.||Robin Hood's Well|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-02-14. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.
Robin Hood Spring is a natural well in Langdale Forest on Allerston High Moor. The name first occurs on a 6" map of the area published in 1854.
It is possible that the pond in a forest clearing on Allerston High Moor in the photo from Geograph in the image gallery below is in fact Robin Hood Spring or is fed by it. The O.S. maplet accompanying the photo at Geograph indicates that the pond is located where a path – of modern date judging by the general map evidence – traverses the area. As one would expect, the path does not actually lead right through a pond. In fact there is nothing along this stretch of the path that looks like a pond or well. The point indicated is just c. 50 m north of where Robin Hood's Spring is shown on the maps. What perhaps argues against identifying the pond with Robin Hood Spring is the slope behind the pond. In the area where Robin Hood Spring is supposed to be according to the maps, Google Earth indicates that ground level rarely varies more than about one meter.
- Not included in Dobson, R. B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 293-311
- Northern Antiquarian: Holy Wells, Healing Springs & Spas.
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire 61 (1854; surveyed 1848-49)
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire LXI.SW (1895; surveyed 1889)
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire LXI.SW (1914; rev. 1910)
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire LXI.SW (1914; rev. 1910) (georeferenced)
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire LXI.SW (1952; rev. 1950)
- 1:25,000 O.S. map 'SE89 (1954; surveyed 1950) (georeferenced)
- 1:1 million–1-10k O.S. map SE883955 (1900s) (georeferenced).
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Pond in Forest Clearing, Allerston High Moor. Is this the well? / Mick Garratt, 20 Jan. 2007, Creative Commons, via Geograph.