Robin Hood's Mill (Stackhouse)
|Adm. div.||West Riding of Yorkshire|
|Vicinity||c. 1 km NNE of Stackhouse, between the Ribble and Stainforth Lane|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
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 (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). Thestream 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.
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.
- Not included in Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 293-311.
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire 132 (1851, surveyed 1847) (Robin Hood's Mill indicated).
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire CXXXII (1896, surveyed 1893-94) (Robin Hood's Mill indicated).
- 6" O.S. map Yorkshire CXXXII.NW (1910, surveyed 1907) (Robin Hood's Mill indicated).
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The red dots indicate Robin Hood's Mill, top left (possible location) or top right (probable location), with Robin Hood Close just below.