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Robin Hood's Larder (Sherwood Forest)

Coordinate 53.200195, -1.106614
Adm. div. Nottinghamshire
Vicinity In Sherwood Forest, c. 2.5 km WNW of Edwinstowe
Type Natural feature
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1884
A.k.a. Shambles; Shambles Oak
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Robin Hood's Larder. It collapsed in the late 1950's.
Anonymous. Robin Hood's Larder, Sherwood Forest. [s.l.]: [s.n.], [s.d.]. Photo­graphic post­card (col.) 137 x 87 mm. / Private collection.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2016-05-18. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-04-05.

Robin Hood's Larder was a large oak tree in an area of Sherwood Foest called Birklands, near the village of Edwinstowe. Robin Hood and his men were said to have hung venison from wooden hooks on this tree, whence also its alternative names of The Shambles and Shambles Oak.[1] Robin Hood's Larder stood about 1 km to the west of the Major Oak, another ancient oak, still standing, that has been connected with the outlaw. So far the earliest source I have found for the place-name is the 6" O.S. map of the area published in 1884 (see Maps section below).




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