Robin Hood’s Close and Little John’s Close, Whitby

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A new year contribution from my Whitby correspondent Peter Craggs (mention my name and you may get an extra sausage if staying at his B&B)

Legend has it that an archery contest took place between Robin Hood and Little John. Arrows were shot from Whitby Abbey into the area known as Whitby Laithes (about 2km so believe that if you will)

Two stones mark the positions of the arrows, although they are 1903 replacements rather than the originals, the fields on either side are still named as Robin Hood’s and Little John’s.

Much more detail on the story is given here, with some claiming links back to Robin Goodfellow and Bronze Age standing stones.

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