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Robin Hood's Mill (Stackhouse)

Coordinates 54.0951, -2.2851
Adm. div. West Riding of Yorkshire
Vicinity c. 1 km NNE of Stackhouse, between the Ribble and Stainforth Lane
Type Natural feature
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct?
First Record 1851
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Probable approximate location of Robin Hood's Mill. A less likely alternative location is the neighbouring field immediately west of Stainforth Lane.
Robin Hood's Mill was located either in the field where what looks like areas of exposed gravel are visible or, more probably, in the field opposite, on the right side of the road (Stainforth Lane).
The red dots indicate Robin Hood's Mill, top left (possible location) or top right (probable location), with Robin Hood Close just below.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-08-27. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12.

'Robin Hood's Mill' is or was the name of a place where the rumblings of a subterranean stream can or could be heard overground. I believe this is the only example of an acoustic phenomenon leading to a locality being named after Robin Hood. The place-name is included on an 1851 O.S. 6" map of the Stainforth neighbourhood[1] (formerly West Riding, now North Yorkshire). It is also found on later O.S. 6" maps of the area dated 1896 and 1910 (see Maps section below). The

stream may have been located under the field between Stainforth Lane to the west and the Ribble to the east, but it is also possible it was located under the southeastern corner of the neighbouring field immediately west of Stainforth Lane. Depending on the exact location of the 'mill', Robin Hood Close was located immediately south or southeast of it.


1879 - Thomson, J Radford - Guide to the District of Craven

Robin Hood's Mill is the name given to a spot between Little Stainforth and Stackhouse, where a rumbling noise may be heard below the ground, doubtless caused by a subterranean waterfall, such as are not uncommon in this district.[2]



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