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Barnsdale, or Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Forest, is an area of South Yorkshire, England. The area falls within the Whitley Ward of the Wakefield Metropolitan Council. Barnsdale
Barnsdale
is historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.[1] Barnsdale
Barnsdale
lies in the immediate vicinity north and north-west of Doncaster, and which was formerly forested and a place of royal hunts, and also renowned as a haunt of the outlaw Robin Hood in early ballads.

Contents

1 Boundaries and features of Barnsdale 2 Connections between the Barnsdale
Barnsdale
area and the Robin Hood
Robin Hood
legend 3 The 'Woodlands' Model Village 4 References

Boundaries and features of Barnsdale[edit] Barnsdale
Barnsdale
historically falls within the West Riding of Yorkshire.[1] The southern villages within Barnsdale
Barnsdale
are today part of the ceremonial county of South Yorkshire, more specifically part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, but the villages and hamlets of northern Barnsdale
Barnsdale
fall within the Metropolitan District of the City of Wakefield in the ceremonial county of West Yorkshire. The small South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
village of Hampole
Hampole
is generally considered to lie within the dead centre of what was once the Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Forest area 53°35′10.0″N 1°14′0.00″W / 53.586111°N 1.2333333°W / 53.586111; -1.2333333. It is recorded that Richard Rolle (1300–1349), the famous Latin
Latin
and English religious writer and Bible translator, spent his final years at Hampole
Hampole
as a hermit, secluded in the dense forest. The area was once thick woodland, rich with game and deer; and the monarchs of England
England
are sometimes recorded as having gone on royal hunts in the Barnsdale
Barnsdale
forest. It is believed that at some point in the early medieval era, Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Forest was probably huge and may have covered most of South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
(in the same manner as Sherwood Forest probably once covered most of Nottinghamshire). It is possible that the large town of Barnsley, some 10 miles (16 km) to the west of Hampole, got its name from the forest. Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Bar is the site of the junction of the A1 (the historic Great North Road), the A639, and Wrangbrook
Wrangbrook
Lane, Woodfield Road and Long Lane (junction 38 of the A1). Now a service area lies just north of the junction, about eight miles north-north-west of Doncaster. Three limestone quarries exist nearby, and archeological digs at the site have turned up some fascinating materials, architecture, and preserved farmland dating back to the medieval era, the Dark Ages, and beyond.[2]

White Ley Road, looking north east from the footpath entrance to Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Wood

All that now exists of Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Forest is small gatherings of trees at the side of the A1 trunk road at Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Bar 53°37′3.12″N 1°13′53.05″W / 53.6175333°N 1.2314028°W / 53.6175333; -1.2314028. There is however a wooded area around a half a mile wide, lying around a mile south of Hampole. It is called Hampole
Hampole
Wood, and although a small wood, the trees there may be direct descendants of the trees of Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Forest. The same could be said of the woodland that resides around a nearby stately home, Brodsworth Hall. At Woodlands there is Hanging Wood, which was also part of Barnsdale Forest. At Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Bar there is a 1,226 yard railway tunnel which, although closed to passenger traffic in 1932 and completely closed in 1959, is in remarkable condition and is part of the former Hull and Barnsley Railway. Connections between the Barnsdale
Barnsdale
area and the Robin Hood
Robin Hood
legend[edit]

Golf course in Barnsdale.

In the earliest medieval ballads of Robin Hood, which date from the fifteenth century, the outlaw is stated as having made Barnsdale Forest his abode and base of operations (for example, in "Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne", and in "A Gest of Robyn Hode"[3]). Notable locations within the forest of Barnsdale
Barnsdale
which are directly related to the Robin Hood
Robin Hood
legend include the villages of Wentbridge
Wentbridge
and Campsall. There is also Robin Hood's Well, a small monument (apparently designed by John Vanbrugh) lying right next to the A1 between the Red House junction and Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Bar, in between the villages of Skelbrooke
Skelbrooke
and Burghwallis. However, it was moved around 1960 when the junction was being constructed, so the real well is actually beneath the A1.[4] Yet another well - Little John's Well - lies to the west of Hampole, between Wrangbrook
Wrangbrook
and Skelbrooke
Skelbrooke
(but closer to the latter). It is also called Little John's Cave. Situated by the A638, to the west of Barnsdale, it was once engraved with the outlaw's name, but is now derelict. South of Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Bar, the A1 follows the old Roman Road of Ermine Street - north of Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Bar the A639 follows the course of the Roman Road more closely whilst the A1 follows a more recent route. A number of villages and geological features along this route are mentioned in the early ballads of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
as being places the outlaw would visit. In Hanging Wood, also known as Highfields Wood, which lies between Hampole
Hampole
and Highfields, 53°33′39.96″N 1°11′58.68″W / 53.5611000°N 1.1996333°W / 53.5611000; -1.1996333 a small stream known as Robin Hood's stream springs from underneath the Roman Road and runs into the Pick Burn. The 'Woodlands' Model Village[edit] A feature of modern-day Barnsdale
Barnsdale
is the model village of Woodlands which lies about 4 miles south of Barnsdale
Barnsdale
Bar between the Roman Road and the historic Great North Road, here numbered as the A638 following the construction in 1960 of the A1(M) Doncaster
Doncaster
by-pass. References[edit]

^ a b Smith, Albert Hugh (1961). The Place-Names of the West Riding of Yorkshire. EPN Society.  ^ Read article here. ^ A Gest of Robyn Hood ^ britannia.com

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Robin Hood

Characters

Robin Hood Maid Marian Merry Men Much the Miller's Son Little John Friar Tuck Alan-a-Dale Will Scarlet Will Stutely Gilbert Whitehand Arthur a Bland David of Doncaster The Jolly Pinder of Wakefield Sheriff of Nottingham Guy of Gisbourne Prince John Bishop of Hereford Richard at the Lee King Richard

Settings

Sherwood Forest Nottingham Loxley Barnsdale Wentbridge

Screen

Film

Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1912) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1922) The Adventures of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1938) The Bandit of Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest
(1946) The Prince of Thieves
The Prince of Thieves
(1948) The Story of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and His Merrie Men (1952) The Men of Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest
(1954) Sword of Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest
(1960) A Challenge for Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1967) The Scalawag Bunch
The Scalawag Bunch
(1971) Wolfshead: The Legend of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1973) The Arrows of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1975) Robin and Marian
Robin and Marian
(1976) Aaj Ka Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1988) O Mistério de Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1990) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1991) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(2010) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(2018)

TV

Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1953) The Adventures of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1955) The Legend of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1968) The Legend of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1975) Robin of Sherwood (1984) The New Adventures of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1997) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(2006)

Animated

Robin Hood
Robin Hood
Makes Good (1939) Rabbit Hood
Rabbit Hood
(1949) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
Daffy (1958) Robin Hoodwinked
Robin Hoodwinked
(1958) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1973) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1990) Young Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1991) Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and His Merry Mouse (2012)

Parody

When Things Were Rotten
When Things Were Rotten
(1975) The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1984) Maid Marian
Maid Marian
and Her Merry Men
Merry Men
(1989) Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

Alternate settings

Mexicali Rose (1939 film) Robin and the 7 Hoods
Robin and the 7 Hoods
(1964 film) Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985 Tamil film) Nyayam Meere Cheppali
Nyayam Meere Cheppali
(1985 Telugu film) Catch Me Now
Catch Me Now
(2008 Chinese TV series) Alyas Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(2016 Philippines TV Series)

Popular culture

Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(Once Upon a Time character) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(DC Comics character)

Child ballads

8: Erlinton 102: Willie and Earl Richard's Daughter 103: Rose the Red and White Lily 115: Robyn and Gandeleyn 117: A Gest of Robyn Hode 118: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and Guy of Gisborne 119: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Monk 120: Robin Hood's Death 121: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Potter 123: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Curtal Friar 124: The Jolly Pinder of Wakefield 126: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Tanner 127: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Tinker 128: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
Newly Revived 129: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Prince of Aragon 130: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Scotchman 131: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Ranger 132: The Bold Pedlar and Robin Hood 136: Robin Hood's Delight 138: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and Allan-a-Dale 139: Robin Hood's Progress to Nottingham 140: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
Rescuing Three Squires 141: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
Rescuing Will Stutly 142: Little John
Little John
a Begging 143: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Bishop 144: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Bishop of Hereford 145: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and Queen Katherine 146: Robin Hood's Chase 147: Robin Hood's Golden Prize 148: The Noble Fisherman 149: The Noble Fisherman 151: The King's Disguise, and Friendship with Robin Hood 152: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Golden Arrow 153: Robin Hood
Robin Hood
and the Valiant Knight 154: A True Tale of Robin Hood

Stage / Theatre

The Downfall and The Death of Robert Earl of Huntington (1598 and 1601 plays) The Merrie Men of Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest
(1871 operetta) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1890 opera) The Foresters
The Foresters
(1892 play) Twang!!
Twang!!
(1965 musical parody) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1934 opera) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1998 ballet) Robin des Bois
Robin des Bois
(2013 musical)

Video games

Robin of the Wood
Robin of the Wood
(1985) The Curse of Sherwood (1987) The Adventures of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1991) Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1991) Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood (2002) Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown (2003) Volume (2015)

Literature

Ivanhoe
Ivanhoe
(1819) Maid Marian
Maid Marian
(1822) The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(1883) Bows against the Barons
Bows against the Barons
(1934) The Once and Future King
The Once and Future King
(1958) The Outlaws of Sherwood (1988) Through a Dark Mist
Through a Dark Mist
(1991) Lady of the Forest
Lady of the Forest
(1992) In the Shadow of Midnight
In the Shadow of Midnight
(1994) The Last Arrow (1997) Lady of Sherwood
Lady of Sherwood
(1999) Ronin Hood of the 47 Samurai (2005) King Raven Trilogy (2006)

Music

Legend (1984 soundtrack) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(2006 soundtrack) Robin Hood
Robin Hood
– czwarta strzała (1997) "Love" (song) "Not in Nottingham" (song) "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (song) The Tale of Gamelyn

Alan Dale

Outlaw
Outlaw
(2009) Holy Warrior
Holy Warrior
(2010) King's Man
King's Man
(2011) Warlord (2012) Grail Knight (2013) The Iron Castle (2014) The King's Assassin (2015) The Death of Robin Hood
Robin Hood
(2016)

Related

Miss Robin Hood Son of the Guardsman The Son of Robin Hood The Bandit of Sherwood Forest Princess of Thieves Robin Hood
Robin Hood
Morality Test "Robot of Sherwood" "Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men

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