Robin Hood's Well (Helmshore)
|Vicinity||On Moor Road, c. 2 km S of Helmshore, c. 2 km N of Stubbins|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-10-16. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.
This well is situated on Moor Road about midway between Helmshore and Stubbins. John Crawshaw has recently described it as follows:
The flattened-pyramid-shaped piece of sandstone covering the well has several worn, carved indentations upon it, one of which, near the left-hand side at the front is a wide groove. It is possible that this was made by the wearing down of the stone by a chain securing a drinking cup at its end. However, no trace of any chain or cup can now be discerned.
A few yards down Stake Lane is Robin Hood's Well, with an ancient well-hewn coping-stone over it of ample dimensions.
- 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.
- Robin Hood's Well, near Helmshore by John Crawshaw
- Dowsett, Henry. Notes on Holcombe (Manchester, 1901), p. 75
- Dowsett, Henry. Holcombe long ago (Manchester, 1902). Not seen.
- 6" O.S. map Lancashire Sheet LXXIX (1850, surveyed 1844-47)
- 6" O.S. map Lancashire Sheet LXXIX.NE (1894, surveyed 1891)
- 6" O.S. map Lancashire Sheet LXXIX.NE (1912, surveyed 1908)
- 6" O.S. map Lancashire Sheet LXXIX.NE (1930, surveyed 1927)
- 6" O.S. map Lancashire Sheet LXXIX.NE (1947, surveyed 1938).
- The Journal of Antiquities: Robin Hood’s Well, Helmshore, Lancashire; by Ray Spencer
- Lancashire Past: Robin Hood’s Well, Helmshore near Bury
- [Sutton, Charles W.], ed. 'Proceedings', Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, vol. XXIII (1905), pp. 199-226; see pp. 206-207.
- Farrer, William, ed.; Brownbill, J., ed. The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster (London, 1906), vol. V, p. 144. Web version at British History Online
- [Sutton, Charles W.], ed. 'Visits and Excursions made by the Society in 1905', Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, vol. XXIII (1905), p. [iv].
- Robin Hood's Well, near Helmshore by John Crawshaw.
- The Journal of Antiquities: Robin Hood’s Well, Helmshore, Lancashire; by Ray Spencer.
- See Maps section.
- Elliot, W. Hume. The Country and Church of the Cheeryble Brothers (Selkirk, 1893), p. 11.
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Robin Hood's Well / Paul Anderson, 11 Sep. 2007, Creative Commons, via Geograph.
Robin Hood's Well / Panoramio user 'jolmartyn', 2011.