SE0128 : Robin Hoodís Pennystone

taken 3 years ago, 3 km from Midgley, Calderdale, Great Britain

Robin Hoodís Pennystone
Robin Hoodís Pennystone
Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, in the South Pennines. Iíve only ever passed through the town once before. So a new place to explore. After a very steep climb out out of the Calder Valley the ground plateaued out onto the heather covered Midgley Moor. Robin Hood must have travelled far and wide. His name appears in my native Nottinghamshire, to Robin Hoodís Bay near Whitby, and to Somerset, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire. There are also records of another Robin Hoodís Pennystone, a large standing stone just one mile away in the valley bottom but which has been broken up and the stone used for building.

This Robin Hoodís Pennystone is a glacial erratic with a hollow on the top on which was traditionally filled with vinegar and in which coins were left by folk suffering from the plague. In return for these coins local healthy folk would leave food. Of course Robin Hood must have been frequently visited the stone but whether he was a plague sufferer or a food leaver is open to debate.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 27 September, 2015   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 27 September, 2015
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Moorland 
Primary Subject of Photo
Rock 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 0184 2843 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:45.1340N 1:58.4145W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 0184 2843
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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