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1837 - Holland, John - Tour of Don

Allusion
Date 1837
Author Holland, John
Title The Tour of the Don
Mentions Robin Hood; Loxley; Robin Hood's House [Loxley, Sheffield]; Robin Hood's Well [Little Matlock]; Sherwood Forest

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-07-17. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12.

Allusion

A little to the north of the spot where this river [River Loxley] unites with the Rivelin, lies an extensive plain called Loxley Chase, and traditionally pointed out as the birth-place either of Robin Hood, who was sometimes called Locksley, from the place of his birth—or at least one of his followers, whose name in sound if not in spelling is identical with that of the place referred to; though what grounds of identity are traceable between our Hallamshire locality and the "Sweet Locksley [p. 177:] town in merry Nottinghamshire," where, according to the ballad, "bold Robin Hood was born and bred," it would be difficult to say. The question has its interest with ballad-antiquaries: but evidence that proves too much will be received with suspicion—the story, therefore, that some fragments of a building formerly pointed out were the remains of the early dwelling of the Sherwood royster, or the fact that his well is still pointed out in Cliff Rocher, are circumstances rather amusing than elucidatory.[1]

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