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1831 - Lewis, Samuel - Topographical Dictionary of England (03)

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Date 1831
Author Lewis, Samuel
Title A Topographical Dictionary of England, comprising the Several Counties, Cities, Boroughs, Corporate and Market Towns, Parishes, Chapelries, and Townships, and the Islands of Guernsey, Jersey, and Man, with Historical and Statistical Descriptions
Mentions Robin Hood; Sherwood Forest
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Sherwood Forest.
Path in Sherwood Forest / Photo by Jonathan Thacker, via Geograph, under Creative Commons Licence.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-05-27. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-06-16.

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 EDWINSTOW, a parish in the Hatfield division of the wapentake of Bassetlaw, county of Nottingham, 2 miles (W. by S.) from Ollerton, comprising the chapelries of Carburton, Ollerton, and Perlethorpe, and the townships of Budby and Clipstone, and containing 1753 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Nottingham, and diocese of York, rated in the king’s books at £14., and in the patronage of the Dean of Lincoln. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a large ancient building. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. John Bellamy, in 1719, bequeathed a school-house and land for the instruction of eight children: in 1824 it was taken down and a new house built on the site, at the expense of Earl Manvers: the income is £10 a year, and the school is free for all the poor children of the parish. The principal object of note is the last remnant of the ancient Forest of Sherwood, celebrated in ballad story as the scene of the exploits of Robin Hood and his faithful band of archers, extending for the distance of three miles and a half from east to north, and two from north to south.[1]

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IRHB comments

In the third edition, published 1835, the passage on Robin Hood is expanded (see 1835 - Lewis, Samuel - Topographical Dictionary of England). This version is retained in the 4th edition, published 1840. In the 7th edition, published 1847, and perhaps also in the 5th and 6th editions, the text is rearranged, but the expanded passage on Robin Hood is retained. I have not seen the second edition, published 1833, but it is possible that the expanded version is already found there.

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