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Robin Hood's Well (Skellow)
In a lay-by, on the south-bound carriageway of the A1, near Skellow, West Riding (518120)
Robin Hood's Well is situated six miles north-west of Doncaster, on the south-bound side of the Great North Road. A traveller in 1634 left this charming description, "We tasted a cup at Robin Hood's Well; and then were in his rocky chair of ceremony dignified with order of knighthood and sworn to observe his laws". John Evelyn, in Sylvia, wrote that, "We all alighted at the highway to drink at the crystal spring, which they call Robin Hood's Well, neere it is a stone chair and an iron ladle to drink out of, chained to the seat". The stream, known as the Skell, from which the villages of Skelbrooke and Skellow take their names, bubbled up into the well and flowed beneath the old Roman road. Alas, due to modern alterations, the stream has been diverted and the well is dry. Its rustic dome, designed by Vanbrugh, can easily be seen from the road.
The Bishop's Tree, Skelbrooke, West Riding
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