Windsor Castle festivals
|Events||Procession in celebration of marriage of future Edward VII and Princess Alexandra of Denmark: Brighouse delegates dressed as Robin Hood and his men|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-10-16. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-04-23.
Visitors [to Kirklees Hall, Brighouse] will be pleased to see two old coaches in the coach-house. These are about 200 years old, and the iron rims instead of being complete circles are fixed around the wheels in sections. The carriages were adapted for fording rivers. At the marriage celebration of the Prince of Wales, 1803, they formed a special feature of the Brighouse procession. The coachmen and others were dressed in imitation of [p. 205:] Robin Hood and his men.
Since this event had to be filed under some place and date, I have assumed the celebration occurred on the wedding day and at Windsor Castle where the wedding took place, but this is of course not certain. The celebration in question may have taken shortly after the wedding, and it may have been in London or Brighouse. The latter is the township in which Kirklees Priory, the alleged scene of Robin Hood's death, was situated. In the 16th century, Kirklees Hall was built on the priory grounds, in part from materials from the priory buildings.
Lists and gazetteers
- Outside scope of Lancashire, Ian, compil. Dramatic Texts and Records of Britain: a Chronological Topography to 1558 (Cambridge, 1984)
- Outside scope of Wiles, David. The Early Plays of Robin Hood (Cambridge, 1981), Appendix I.
- Turner, J. Horsfall. The History of Brighouse, Rastrick, and Hipperholme; with Manorial Notes on Coley, Lightcliffe, Northowram, Shelf, Fixby, Clifton and Kirklees (Bingley, Yorkshire, 1893), pp. 204-205.
- Wikipedia: Alexandra of Denmark
- Wikipedia: Brighouse
- Wikipedia: Edward VII
- Wikipedia: Kiklees Hall
- Wikipedia: Windsor Castle.