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Robin Hood's Well (Helmshore)

Locality
Coordinates 53.671944444444, -2.3366666666667
Adm. div. Lancashire
Vicinity On Moor Road, c. 2 km S of Helmshore, c. 2 km N of Stubbins
Type Natural feature
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1850
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Robin Hood's Well.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-10-16. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12.

This well is situated on Moor Road about midway between Helmshore and Stubbins. John Crawshaw has recently described it as follows:

The spring issues out from beneath a large, worn stone capping: shaped rather like a flattened pyramid with a blunt apex. This is set against a dry-stone wall by the side of Stake Lane. The water falls from the well-head into a small pool and the whole arrangement of stones has the appearance of great age.
     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.[1]</p>

The well is indicated on the 1850 6" O.S. map of the area, based on a survey carried out 1844-47. It is found on all subsequent 6" O.S. map of the area avilable at NLS.[2]


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  1. Robin Hood's Well, near Helmshore by John Crawshaw.
  2. See Maps section.

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