Robin Hood's Cave (Kirkby in Ashfield)
|Vicinity||1.5 km SSE of central Kirkby in Ashfield|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
|First Record||c. 1825|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2016-10-04. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-12. Photos and information courtesy Rich.
Now filled in and hidden to the casual passer-by, Robin Hood's Cave sits near a path immediately east of Derby Road, some 1.5 km SSE of central Kirkby in Ashfield. About 700 m NE of the site of the cave are found Robin Hood's Hills and Robin Hood's Chair, while the Robin Hood, a public house, could once be frequented about 600 m S of the Cave, just south of Annesley at what was then a crossroads but is now the corner of Derby Road and Forest Road. The earliest source for this place-name would seem to be an O.S. map from c. 1825.
Thanks to the kindness of an IRHB visitor named Rich we now have several excellent photos of the cave and its surroundings. The cave is not easy to spot, but he found it on his second attempt. Here are his comments on each photo:
- (IRHB's crop of photo No. 2. See next.)
- This photo 'shows the location of the cave, currently hiding in bracken'.
- This photo 'shows the cave as I first spotted it – my eye was drawn to the dark area behind the bracken in the middle of the photo.
- This photo 'shows the Robin Hood's Hills as you first see them from Shoulder of Mutton Hill in Annesley. The cave would be off to the right of the photo'.
- This photo 'shows the roof of the cave after I'd done a bit of excavation with the big stick at the bottom of the photo. It was filled with very loose sand which you could tell wasn't natural.
- This photo 'shows the roof of the cave again – it is difficult to tell from the photo but it went back and down for about a metre or a metre and a half.
- Dobson, R. B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), p. 302, s.n. 'Robin Hood's Cave' [II] and 'Robin Hood's Hills'
- Gover, J.E.B.; Mawer, Allen; Stenton, F.M. The Place-Names of Nottinghamshire (English Place-Name Society, vol. XVII) (Cambridge, 1940), pp. 64, 294.
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXVII.15 (1900; rev. 1898) (georeferenced)
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXVII.15 (1879; surveyed 1877)
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXVII.15 (1900; rev. 1898)
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXVII.15 (c. 1917; rev. c. 1914). No copy in NLS
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXVII.15 (1945; rev. 1938)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXVII.SE (1886; surveyed 1877-78)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXVII.SE (1900; rev. 1898)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXVII.SE (1900; rev. 1898) (georeferenced)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXVII.SE (1921; rev. 1913-14)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XXVII.SE (c. 1949; rev. 1938)
- 6" O.S. map Derbyshire XXXVI (1921; rev. 1913-14).
- Kirkby in Ashfield place-name cluster
- Places named Robin Hood's Cave
- Robin Hood's Hills (Kirkby in Ashfield)
- Robin Hood's Chair (Kirkby in Ashfield)
- Friar Tuck's Well (Blidworth).
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