Thursday, September 14, 2006

Edwinstowe Church where Robin Hood was married.

Robin Hood and Maid Marian were married under the arch of the doorway to the Church of St. Mary, Edwinstowe, this being the normal place for such a ceremony at that time. The church is situated just a few hundred yards from the Major Oak, Robin Hood's Tree, and the tower and parts of the northern nave date from Robin's time. In 1334 the vicar of Edwinstowe was convicted of trespassing in Sherwood Forest and killing the King's deer!
Edwinstowe was named in honour of King Edwin of Northumbria, killed in the Battle of Hatfield (633 AD), and subsequently buried in a forest clearing here. St Mary's Church (not to be confused with the St Mary's Church in Nottingham), was later built on that site. Edwinstowe village is popular place for its links to the Robin Hood legend, and features an impressive statue of Robin proposing to Marian, as well as the Sherwood Visitor's Centre on the route to the Major Oak.
Above: Robin Hood marries Maid Marian. A plaque on Nottingham Castle Wall.
For more pictures of Robin Hood with Maid Marian click THIS LINK, THIS LINK and THIS LINK.

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Blogger robin hood said...

Edwinstowe church. Robin Hood married Maid Marian.

Edwinstowe aerial photograph - when directed to the site change settings from "road" to "aerial".

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I visited the church today with my family after camping at Sherwood Forest Holiday camp, we fell in love with the place, the church is absolutly beautiful and the people we met were just as nice, so friendly and welcoming.
We will be back

9:48 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...

HI Rachel,

I love Edwinstowe. It is indeed a very friendly community.

Check out Thoresby for a day out (gallery, restaurant, and a really nice lakeside walk).

11:14 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Hi there
What other churches besides Edwinstowe, St Mary's in Nottm city centre and Blidworth have a Robin Hood connection?

I work for the Church of England and we think it would be great to get Robin Hood-related churches open to visitors around the time that the new film is popular!

Would appreciate your knowledge on the subject.


6:17 PM  
Blogger robin hood said...

Hi Heather,

Edwinstowe, blidworth, and St Mary's, Nottingham do seem to be the main ones. Friar Tuck has been linked with the original Abbey at Newstead, and again with what is now the Bell Inn, Nottingham.

The BBC series centers around a village called Loxley (Derbyshire), and the only Gisburn I've ever found is in Lancashire.

One would imagine the Crusaders who met at "The Trip to Jerusalem" would have had a service somewhere?

As Robin was sometimes referred to as the Earl of Huntingdon, it might be worth looking there. In Huntingdon there are several place names referring to William Stukeley, an archaeologist with a big interest in Robin Hood.

I hope this has been of some small help. I think the thing to do is go through the stories and gather the place names.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Thank you. Yes this is helpful - you've pointed me in the right direction!


1:32 PM  

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