1831 - Roby, John - Traditions of Lancashire, Second Series (1)

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Date 1831
Author Roby, John
Title Traditions of Lancashire, Second Series
Mentions Robin Hood's Well (Whitworth); Robin Hood's Grave (Kirklees Priory)
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From west to east: Robin Hood's Well, near Whitworth, and Robin Hoods' Grave at Kirklees Priory.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-02-14. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.


A clear rock spring, in a gloomy dell below the Hall [sc. Healey Hall], is still called “the Spaw," and often frequented by youths and maidens on May mornings. Hence some have imagined, that this Dene and its Spaw may have given to the river running hrough it the name of Spodden, or Spaw-Dene. Another spring, higher up, is called Robin Hood's Well, from that celebrated outlaw, who seems to have been the favourite champion of these parts, and who, according to some authorities, lies buried at Kirklaw, in the West Riding of York.
 Such holy wells were, in more superstitious, if not happier ages, the supposed haunts of elves, fairies, and other such beings, not unaptly denominated the rabble of mythology.[1]

Source notes

IRHB's brackets. A note to the passage refers to "Mag. Britan. York, p. 391". The passage occurs in Roby's retelling of 'The Fairies' Chapel'.

IRHB comments

'Kirklaw': Kirklees.




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