Robin Hood Wood (Ripon)

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Coordinate 54.130144, -1.535738
Adm. div. West Riding of Yorkshire
Vicinity Immediately W and SW of Borrage Green, S of River Skell in Ripon
Type Natural feature
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct?
First Record 1856
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Robin Hood Wood.
Looking toward Robin Hood Wood from Hell Wath Nature Reserve / Alastair Montgomery, 3 July 2007, Creative Commons, via Geograph.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-02-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-06.

'Robin Hood Wood' was the name of a wooded area at the south-western perimeter of Borrage Green and along the south bank of the Skell immediately west of the green in Ripon, at the eastern side of Hell Wath Nature Reserve and the north-western end of the long-disused Whitcliffe Sand and Gravel Quarries.

The area is labelled 'Robin Hood Wood' on a 6" O.S. map published in 1856 (based on a survey carried out 1849 to 1853; see Maps below). The name is not found on more recent O.S. maps available on the web. Most of the trees would have been on the north-eastern side of the path that runs NNW from Red Bank Lane. When the 1856 map was prepared, the wood appears to have stretched a curving arm towards the south-west into the present Hell Wath Nature Reserve on the south-west side of the path, where two solitary trees now stand (as shown below on the Google satellite image). The part of Borrage Green lined by some of these trees was known as Robinhood Field.

Robin Hood Wood and Robinhood Field are located c. 4 km NE of Fountains Abbey, which in additions to the traditions connecting it with the Curtal Friar/Friar Tuck has a Robin Hood's Park and Well. Ripon is now administratively part of North Yorkshire.



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