1822 - Rhodes, Ebenezer - Peak Scenery (1)
|Title||Peak Scenery, or Excursions in Derbyshire: Made chiefly for the Purpose of Picturesque Observation|
|Mentions||Little John; Little John's Grave; Robin Hood|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-01-01. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-04-05.
In the vicinity of Hathersage there are some excellent subjects for the pencil, and while my companion was sketching in the valley be- [p. 8:] low the village, I visited the Churchyard on the hill above, where as tradition informs us lie the bones of Little John, the favourite companion of the celebrated forest marauder, Robin Hood. His burial place is distinguished by stones placed at the head and foot of his grave; they are nearly four yards apart, and they are said to designate the stature of this gigantic man. However fabulous this account may be, the body here interred appears to have been of more than ordinary size. In October, 1784, this reputed grave of Little John was opened, when a thigh bone measuring two feet five inches was found within it. A tall man from Offerton, who on account of his stature had probably obtained the name of Robin Hood's faithful follower, was interred in this place; hence originated this village tradition; and that it might be rendered still more marvellous, when the bones were re-committed to the grave the stones that originally marked the, [sic] stature of the tall man of Offerton were removed farther apart.
IRHB's brackets. Peak Scenery was first published 1818 to 1823, in four parts. Part III, which includes the above passage, was published in 1822. The passage recurs unchanged in the 1824 edition, where this footnote is appended:
- Not included in Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 293-11.
- Outside scope of Sussex, Lucy, compil. 'References to Robin Hood up to 1600', in: Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 262-88.
- Rhodes, E. Peak Scenery, or, Excursions in Derbyshire: made chiefly for the Purpose of Picturesque Observation (London; Sheffield, 1818-1823), pt. III, pp. 7-8.
- Little John's Grave (Hathersage)
- 1822 - Rhodes, Ebenezer - Peak Scenery (2)
- 1823 - Rhodes, Ebenezer - Peak Scenery (1).