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1886 - Cudworth, William - Rambles round Horton

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Date 1886
Author Cudworth, William
Title Rambles round Horton: Historical, Topographical, and Descriptive
Mentions Robin Hood and Little John Inn

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-07-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-28.

Allusion

The neighbourhood of Hunt Yard has been strangely altered since the commencement of the present [i.e. 19th] century. When the old road from Bradford to Halifax, by way of Silsbridge Lane, Green Lane, Toby Lane, Scarr Lane, was the chief highway, there was an open space at Hunt Yard, used in later times by the surveyors for a dross hill. Excepting an old hostelry there were only two or three dwellings in Hunt Yard. According to the evidence of an inscribed stone still preserved, the old hostelry was erected in 1622, the sign being the "Robin Hood and Little John." The building was pulled down in 1800 for the erection of more modern dwellings. The original cellars, however, remain, and are arched, and in an underground recess there are several stone pillars which supported the old building. A portion of the original walling is above a yard in thickness. There used to be an old building connected with this hostelry called "Brick Castle", in which travellers were lodged; the beds of oak being built into the walls. Altogether, the "Robin Hood" was a noted house when the old Scarr Lane passed in front of it. It was at a "hen drinking" in this house, in which the murderer of "Fair Rebecca" took part, that her ghost, it is said, first appeared.[1]

IRHB comments

The murderer of "Fair Rebecca" was a man. I wonder what he was doing at a "hen drinking"?[2]

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