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1822 - Rhodes, Ebenezer - Peak Scenery (2)

Allusion
Date 1822
Author Rhodes, Ebenezer
Title Peak Scenery, or Excursions in Derbyshire: Made chiefly for the Purpose of Picturesque Observation
Mentions Robin Hood's Stride [Harthill]
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Robin Hood's Stride.
Ebenezer Rhodes (1762–1839) by Francis Leggatt Chantrey / Wikipedia, public domain.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-01-01. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-28.

Allusion

An unfrequented path of another quarter of a mile led us to the base of Mock Beggar Hall, a curious assemblage of sand-stone rocks thrown confusedly together, yet so arranged as to form at a distance a strong resemblance to a regular building, with a huge chimney at each extremity; hence the name which this mass of rocks has obtained: the stony towers at each end are called Robin Hood's Stride.[1]

Source notes

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 (see section Sources below).

IRHB comments

While Rhodes's explanation of the name "Mockbeggar's Hall" sounds very reasonable, I doubt if he is right that the name "Robin Hood's Stride" was applied to the two pinnacles collectively. Was it not rather the distance between them and hence, by an almost inevitable association, the entire formation that was (and still is) called Robin Hood's Stride?

This may well be the earliest literary allusion to Robin Hood's Stride.

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