1851 - West, R - Lines written on a Beautiful Glen
|Title||Lines written on a Beautiful Glen situated between Bingley and Baildon|
|Mentions||Robin Hood's Chair (Baildon)|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-06-22. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.
Behold how they flock to the Glen from each village.
Sweet echo resounds from Baildon's high plain.
Here Robin Hood's Chair is hewn out in the rock.
The Larches and Poplars uplift their proud heads.
But O what sweet melodies sound in the wood.
The old Druid's Pulpit is seen in the Glen,
And the Writing Desk too, if tradition be true.
From Bingley and Bradford, and Leeds they resort—
Some have breathed the foul gas in the mill.
Ye Cottingley friends and Wilsden likewise,
And Harden that lies near the Grange,
You may come to the Glen sweet pleasures to find,
And your minds relieve with a change.
And Cullingworth, too, where Odd-fellows unite,
Considered intelligent men,
If you choose, you may roam o'er the sweet fragrant bloom,
You are welcome to visit the Glen.
These lines are taken from J. Horsfal Turner's Ancient Bingley (1897). His source is a pamphlet: Lines written on a Beautiful Glen situated between Bingley and Baildon. By R. West, Bard of the Vale. Prospect Street, Bingley. 8 pp. [Bingley]: J. Dobson, near the Railway Station, 1851.
Since it includes an 'Introduction' dated March 1849, the pamphlet may well have been first printed that year. Horsfal Turner prefixes these comments: 'Eldwick or Shipley Glen had not then been fixed as the name of this favourite pic-nic place. Brackenhall Green was the general local name, but it was then becoming widely renowned'.
- Not included in Dobson, R. B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 315-19.
- 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.
- West, R. Lines written on a Beautiful Glen situated between Bingley and Baildon ([Bingley], 1851). Not seen.
- Turner, J. Horsfall. Ancient Bingley: or, Bingley, its History and Scenery (Bingley, 1897), p. 282.
- Entry based on information in: Turner, J. Horsfall. Ancient Bingley: or, Bingley, its History and Scenery (Bingley, 1897), p. 282.