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Robin Hood's Well, Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains

Description: Robin Hood's Well

Grade: II
Date Listed: 11 June 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 331042

OS Grid Reference: SE2767968295
OS Grid Coordinates: 427679, 468295
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1098, -1.5781

Location: Royal, North Yorkshire HG4 3DZ

Locality: Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains
Local Authority: Harrogate Borough Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HG4 3DZ

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Listing Text

ROYAL AND FOUNTAINS (east side, off)

9/40 Robin Hood's Well


Cover to spring. Probably late C18 or early C19 reusing stone from
Fountains Abbey. Coursed squared gritstone. Round chamfered arch
approximately 2 metres high under hood-mould with spiral stops, and short
flanking walls protect a spring in a rock-cut recess. The water ran over a
solid stone sill and into a grooved slab with a drain outlet. The water
level is now below the sill. The stonework is similar to that in the C12
doorways of the abbey, but W H St John Hope did not show the well in his
plan of the Abbey precinct (1900). The well is close to the probable
position of a folly built by William Aislabie at the eastern limit of the
abbey buildings after his purchase of them in 1768 (W T C Walker, personal
communication). It is probable that the covering was built from medieval
stones, the carved stops added, and the spring used as a place of
refreshment by visitors from Studley Royal House. The association with
Robin Hood is probably a C19 romance. W H St John Hope, Fountains Abbey,
Yorkshire, 1900, pl.

Listing NGR: SE2767968295

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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