Robin Wood's Rock (Beadnell Bay)
|Vicinity||In Beadnell Bay, North Sunderland|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-05-09. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-01-07.
Robin Wood's Rock is a whin point in the North Sea, c. 480 meters from the coast at high tide, c. 140 meters at low tide, in Beadnell Bay, Northumberland. As Dobson & Taylor note, 'Wood' was a not uncommon alternative for 'Hood' in the 17th and 18th centuries. For other examples of 'Wood' for 'Hood', see the page on Wood for Hood. A standard work on the coastal geography of England and Wales cites the name of this locality as 'Robin Hood's Rock'. So far the earliest reference I have is the 6" O.S. map of the area published in 1886 (see Maps section below).
- Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), p. 300, s.n. Robin Hood's Rock.
- 6" O.S. map Northumberland XXII (1866; surveyed 1860)
- 6" O.S. map Northumberland XXII.SE (1899; rev. 1896)
- 6" O.S. map Northumberland XXII.SE (1899; rev. 1896) (georeferenced)
- 6" O.S. map Northumberland nXVIII.SE (1925; rev. 1922)
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Robin Wood's Rock partly exposed by the ebbing tide / Russel Wills, Creative Commons via Geograph.
Robin Wood's Rock fully exposed by the low tide / N. Chadwick, Creative Commons via Geograph.