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1891 - Gray, Johnnie - Through Airedale from Goole to Malham (3)

Allusion
Date 1891
Author Gray, Johnnie
Title Through Airedale from Goole to Malham
Mentions Robin Hood's Well [Stanbury]

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

Allusion

The natives of these parts [the village of Ponden] have a saying: "Let's go to Ponden Kirk, where they wed odd uns," which has its origin in an old custom of passing parties through a hole, capable of admitting only one at a time, that exists in the enormous boulder called 'Ponden Kirk,' near to the waterfall so named. The belief is that if you pass through it you will never die single! Not far from the rock is a spring called Robin Hood's Well.[1]

IRHB comments

This passage is found in a sub-chapter entitled "Excursions from Keighley".[2]

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