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English localities with Robin Hood-related festivals. Click cluster marker for locality markers. Click locality marker for link to locality. Historic county boundary coordinates provided by the Historic Counties Trust.
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Ashburton festivals¤1526 JL, 1541 JL|Banbury festivals¤1868|Barnstaple festivals¤1558 JL|Brandsby festivals¤1615|Braunton festivals¤1560 JL, 1561 JL, 1562 JL, 1563 JL|Bury festivals¤1776|Chagford festivals¤1537 JL, 1554 JL, 1555 JL, 1556 JL, 1557 JL, 1558 JL, 1559 JL, 1562 JL, 1563 JL, 1564 JL, 1587|Chudleigh festivals¤1561 JL|Coal Aston festivals¤1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1848, 1849, 1850, 1851, 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858, 1852|Colyton festivals¤1571 JL|Exeter festivals¤1426 JL, 1487 JL, 1508 JL, 1509 JL, 1517 JL, 1533 JL|Farway festivals¤1567 JL|Honiton festivals¤1571 JL, 1576 JL|Lincolnshire - unlocalized festivals¤1856|Lydd festivals¤1446 JL|Richmond festivals¤1660|Stepney festivals¤1309 JL|Wakefield festivals¤|Windsor Castle festivals¤1863|Woodbury festivals¤1540 JL, 1573 JL, 1574 JL, 1576 JL, 1581 JL|

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-01-14. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-03-22.

Introduction

Among festivals that might involve some kind of Robin Hood-related entertainment, drama, sports activity, symbolism or disguise were Whitsun or May games, summer games, Easter celebrations and St Nicholas's Eve celebrations in Scotland, church ales, church dedication day feasts, Lord Mayor's shows (London), Dickens Day Parades (London and elsewhere, 19th cent. or later), carnivals, royal jubilees, ad hoc charity events, high school graduation ceremonies and end-of-term celebrations.

For England and Scotland, where there was much festival activity and is much evidence, the information relating to specific localities is grouped under counties. Outside this region, information relating to specific localities is grouped under continent and country.

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England

Specific localities in England organized by historic county.


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Scotland

Scotland has its own page.

Allusions

This includes literary allusions to popular festivals as well as unlocalized references to festivals.

Outside England and Scotland

Gazetteers and lists of localities

These all focus on England and Scotland as most of the activity elsewhere occurs relatively late and is of more peripheral interest. The list includes gazetteers, lists and calendars of evidence relating to festivals for England and/or Scotland in general or for specific historical counties or other similar areas. Also included are lists of allusions to Robin Hood (or subsidiary characters of the tradition) as figures in festivals and folk drama. Sources dealing only with specific localities are found under the localities in question.

Studies and criticism

The sources on the list all discuss or analyze activity at more than one single locality. Sources discussing activity only at specific localities are found under the locality in question.