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Tours > Robin Hood's Nottingham > Blidworth Church

Blidworth Church
On the western edge of the village off the B6020, five miles south-east of Mansfield (586556)

Blidworth Church The Church of St. Mary of the Purification in Blidworth only dates from 1739, though the tower is original 15th century. It has a pulpit and panelling transferred from Southwell Minster at the turn of the last century, but its must interesting feature is a monument to Thomas Leake, a 16th century Forest Ranger showing off his hunting gear and trophies.

Robin Hood's friend and nephew, Will Scarlet, is said to be buried in the churchyard here. He was killed by one of the Sheriff's men at the time of Guy of Gisborne's defeat. The stones that mark the spot, under an old yew tree, were once part of the church tower. Nearby are further architectural remains: the remnants of the old church, up against which Will's grave once stood.

The village is said to have been the home of Maid Marion. Her house stood where Ashfield Cottage is now, opposite the Black Bull pub, and Robin Hood escorted her from there to Edwinstowe on their wedding day. A nearby cave was used by the Merry men to store their booty, whether beasts of the forest or travellers' gold.

Next Stop: Southwell Minster, Southwell

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