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1825 - Cole, John - Scarborough Guide

Date 1825
Author Cole, John
Title Scarborough Guide
Mentions Robin Hood's Bay; Robin Hood
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Robin Hood's Bay

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-04-21. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-04-05.


is a small fishing town, thirteen miles north from Scarborough*, and is frequently visited by strangers, on account of the alum-works in its vicinity. The road to it is stony and uneven, over a dreary barren moor, and the hill at Stoupe-brow† is impracticable for a carriage. On descending this hill, from the moor to the sands at Robin Hood's Bay, the road passes the alum-works, where the curiosity of the traveller is gratified with a view of those immense mountains of alum-stone from which the salt is extracted; and the interior works are worthy of observation.

 "The road from the alum-works to the village of Robin Hood's Bay, is along the sandy beach, close under a high,steep cliff, to which the sea flows as the tide advances, and the passage is unsafe, except there be a spacious area of the sand uncovered by the water, or the tide be receding. [p. 89:]

 "The Sea-coast northward from Scarborough is craggy, wild, and terrific, bending inward as far as the River Tees, and by its winding, forming this bay, nearly a mile in breadth. The sands here, are firm and level; but the shore, at a little distance from the Cliff, is rocky; and there is only a narrow passage from the sea, where the fishing boats can land in safety.

 "The village consists of the habitations of fishermen, and once made a grotesque appearance, the houses being strangely scattered over the face of a steep cliff, and some of them hanging in an awful manner on the projecting ledges of the precipice; but this place has lately sustained a great alteration by the falling of the cliff; in consequence of which, the projecting houses and the pavement of the principal street as far as the fronts of the houses on the opposite side, are ruined, and a new road has been made from the landing-place through the interior part of the town. The village derives its name from that famous outlaw, Robin Hood."[1]

Source notes

Italics and quotation marks as in printed source. IRHB's brackets.
Footnote *: "Between Scarborough and Robin Hood's Bay are only two villages; Burniston four miles, and Clougnton five miles from Scarborough. There is nothing worthy of note at these places, except a quarry of freestone at the latter, from whence the Castle of Scarborough is said to have been built."
Footnote †; "About two miles from Robin Hood's Bay."



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