Jump to: navigation, search

Robin Hood's Well (Helmshore)

Coordinate 53.671858, -2.336613
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
Loading map...
Robin Hood's Well.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-10-16. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-05-31.

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]

'Stake Lane' is or was the local name for a stretch of Moor Road.[2] 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.[3]


1893 - Elliot, W Hume - Country and Church of Cheeryble Brothers

A few yards down Stake Lane is Robin Hood's Well, with an ancient well-hewn coping-stone over it of ample dimensions.[4]





Brief mention

Also see


Image gallery

Click any image to display it in the lightbox, where you can navigate between images by clicking in the right or left side of the current image.