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1892 - Grindon, Leo H - Lancashire (3)

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Date 1892
Author Grindon, Leo H
Title Lancashire: Brief Historical and Descriptive Notes
Mentions Sherwood Forest
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Sherwood Forest.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-02-26. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-02-25.

Allusion

The wilful neglect, not to say the reckless destruction of interesting old buildings that can be maintained, at no great cost, in fair condition and as objects of picturesque beauty, is, to say the least of it, unpatriotic. The possessors of fine old memorials of the [p. 304:] past are not more the possessors in their own right than trustees of property belonging to the nation, and the nation is entitled to insist upon their safe keeping and protection. The oaks of Sherwood, festooned with stories of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, are not more a ducal inheritance, than, as long as they may survive, every Englishman's by birthright. Architectural remains, in particular, when charged with historical interest, and that discourse of the manners and customs of "the lang syne," are sacred.[1]

Source notes

IRHB's brackets. The author's full name is Leopold Hartley Grindon.[2]

IRHB comments

There is no reason to think that the phrase "oaks of Sherwood" refers to any specific tree, but of all the oaks in sherwood those most closely connecte with Robin Hood are Robin Hood's Larder and the Major Oak.

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