Robin Hood's Beck (Conistone)
|Adm. div.||West Riding of Yorkshire|
|Vicinity||Conistone, in Wharfedale|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-08-24. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.
Robin Hood's Beck is a tiny trickle running between the Thresfield–Kilnsey road and River Wharfe in Conistone, Wharfedale. A. H. Smith (1961) lists it and its source as "Robin Hood's Beck & Well" without citing any source, which tends to indicate a place-name of recent occurrence. Dobson & Taylor, as is their wont in such cases, take Smith's reference to refer to a single locality, which is not strictly true since the Beck is, of course, the little stream, while the Well is its source, just west of the road from Thresfield near the spot where the Beck runs under that road.
Robin Hood's Beck is indicated on the three O.S. 6" maps of the area dating from 1853 to 1910 that are available at NLS (see Maps section below). Presumably the little stream is still known as Robin Hood's Beck. Also see Robin Hood's Well (Conistone)
- Dobson, R. B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), p. 310.
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire Sheet 134 (1853, surveyed 1848-50) (at NLS).
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire Sheet CXXXIV (1894, surveyed 1889-1890) (at NLS).
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire Sheet CXXXIV.NW (1910, rev. 1907) (at NLS).
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River Wharfe with Robin Hood's Beck and a short curving stretch of the road from Thresfield to Kilnsey / Panoramio user "gort".