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Robin Hood's Quoit (Monston Edge)

Coordinates 53.633333, -2.15
Adm. div. Lancashire
Vicinity Monstone Edge
Type Natural feature
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1911
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Robin Hood's Quoit a.k.a. Man Stone (or Manstone).
Robin Hood's Quoit or the Man Stone / Dr Neil Clifton.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-09-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-16.

According to local traditions, mentioned in the Victoria County History in 1911,[1] Robin Hood threw this boulder all the way from his Bed on Blackstone Edge, located c. 8 km to the west. Historically it marked the boundary between Wardle and Whitworth parishes.[2] An alternative and perhaps more common name for this boulder is Man Stone (or Manstone). The name Robin Hood's Quoit may well have been recorded much earlier, but the first mention of the name I have found dates from the 20th century, 1959 or earlier.[3] The stone does not appear to be indicated under any of its names on pre-World War II O.S. 6" maps available online.




  1. Farrer, William, ed.; Brownbill, J., ed. The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster (London, 1906), vol. V, p. 206. Volume published 1911.
  2. Geograph SD8917: Man Stone, on Wardle-Whitworth boundary, Lancashire, by Dr Neil Clifton
  3. It is mentioned in an undated clipping from the Manchester Guardian reproduced at Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Ressource Center. The Manchester Guardian changed its name to just The Guardian in 1959.

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