Monday, January 09, 2012

St Nicholas Church, Nottingham

The current building dates from 1671, but the church which originally stood on this site is said to be the place Robin Hood would both hide and use to worship. In the very earliest ballads about Robin Hood he declares bishops and archbishops (plus of course the Sheriff of Nottingham), to be his main enemies. But we also learn from those ballads that Robin would pray on a daily basis to the Virgin Mary.

St Nicholas Church stands in what was the predominantly Saxon part of Nottingham town after the uprisings which followed the Norman Conquest. If Robin Hood was indeed linked in some way to those who lost lands and property to Norman lords, then he may well have felt safer amongst the company he found here.

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