Sunday, May 14, 2006

Robin Hood's Tree, Edwinstowe

Above: A postcard of Robin Hood's Tree dated 1957, when the dubious wisdom of climbing on or even inside the tree was not yet discouraged. People today don't realise that Robin Hood's Tree, the Major Oak, stands on an area of Sherwood Forest once owned and tended to by Thoresby Estate. The original irons which supported the branches were constructed in Thoresby Estate's blacksmith shop by a local man. (See photo below, c.1903. The man in the bowler hat is the 4th Eeal Manvers).

In 1969 this area was leased to Nottingham County Council and further developed as a successful tourist attraction.
Above: The Major Oak, in the 1970's when fences and a more restricted access to the tree by tourists was necessary for preservation purposes.
Above: In 1990's the tree was supported by unattractive wooden supports.
Robin Hood's tree was named the Major Oak after the archaeologist Major Hayman Rooke, who lived in Mansfield Woodhouse during the 1780's. It was his favourite tree. During the 19th Century the tree was commonly referred to as the Cockpen Tree because game birds in wicker baskets were placed inside the hollow interior before being made to fight in a cock pen below its branches.
Above: August 31st, 2005. A modern theory as to why Robin Hood's tree is so large speculates that it started life as three separate oaks, which merged together as one. This might explain why the hollow nature of the tree is entirely different to similar oaks whose centres were burnt out by lightning.

Above: The path leading to Robin Hood's Tree, the Major Oak. (Winter 2006). Each side of the path are the dark mysterious shapes of ancient oaks.

 To see more about Robin Hood's Tree, the Major oak, see THIS LINK.
To see video of Robin Hood's Tree, the Major Oak, click on THIS LINK.
For other famous Oak trees in Sherwood Forest see THIS LINK.
For more information on Robin Hood and Maid Marian visit the Robin Hood blog.

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Blogger robin hood said...

Robin Hood's tree the major oak was also once referred to as the Queen Oak.

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Blogger robin hood said...

Sherwood Forest, the Dukeries, Thoresby park, history.

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Blogger robin hood said...

Pierrepont, Manvers, Dukeries, Thoresby Hall, Thoresby Hotel, Thoresby Park, Perlethorpe, Perlethorpe Village, Ollerton, Budby, Sherwood Forest.

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