Robin Hood's Bow (Renishaw Hall)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Locality
Coordinate 53.302497, -1.344849
Adm. div. Derbyshire
Vicinity c. 500 m SE of Eckington
Type Artifact
Interest Artifacts
Status Extant
First Record
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Renishaw Hall where Robin Hood's Bow is kept.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-09-14. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07. Based on information kindly provided by Linda Hardy, Marketing & Events Officer at The Sherwood Forest Trust.

A bow which reputedly belonged to Robin Hood hangs over a fireplace at Renishaw Hall. It was bought at auction in 1949 by the estate's then owner, the author Sir Sacheverell Reresby Sitwell, complete with a mid-17th century hand-written attestation of provenance.


According to Robin Hood's Bow, a pamphlet by Sir Reresby Sitwell which can be purchased at [Renishaw Hall],[1] he bought the bow at an auction in Worksop in November 1949 as he was willing to pay more for the relic than another bidder, who was acting on behalf of Nottingham Corporation. An accompanying document, written in a mid-17th century hand, includes the well-known story of Robin Hood's being bled to death by the prioress of Kirklees, who – and this certainly is not well-known – 'took possession of the bow'.[2] A Robin Hood's Bow was also on display at the woodkeeper's house at Robin Hood's (or St Ann's) Well in Nottingham until 1827. Relics tend to multiply, and there is absolutely no reason to think that Reresby Sitwell, a collector of eccentric memorabilia, took the account of the provenance of the bow at face value. In BBC One's Antiques Roadshow. Series 25 (aired on 22 Jul. 2013, 5:15pm), 'Sir Reresby Sitwell takes a look at what is purported to be Robin Hood's Bow'[3]

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