Resources & Links
The place to start researching Robin Hood is clearly on the internet, and this will throw up pages of so-called facts, opinions, stories, images and more. Google currently reports over 64 million entries - twice the number for King Arthur!

Worthwhile links, which may help Activators and Chasers to enjoy this award scheme, will be posted here as the scheme develops.


The best maps are the Ordnance Survey Landranger Series at a scale of 1:50 000 (2cm = 1km). These have enough information for most amateur radio purposes, and cover an area of approx. 40 x 40 km. There is an index map below which covers Robin Hood Country and beyond. Sheets 120 (Mansfield & Worksop) and 129 (Nottingham & Loughborough) cover the core of Robin Hood Country.

More information is available on the Ordnance Survey online shop

Discounted OS maps are available online from Dash4-it and their website is a bit more user-friendly than the Ordnance Survey's


Wikipedia - Robin Hood ****

One of the two top resources (64 million+ pages): almost everything else fades into insignificance!

International Robin Hood Bibliography

Another top resource, with plenty to read and follow-up.

The Historical Gazetteer of England's Place-Names

A distinctly 'academic' website. Interesting but . . . .

Local Websites

Greasley Castle, Eastwood

Ruin.  SK 493 469. Local information webpages. Link:

The Outlaw Robin Hood - His Yorkshire Legend

Lots of information here: well worth a look.  Link:


Robin Hood

JC Holt. 2011. Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0500289-35-8.  Available online, etc

Description from Amazon website:

The legend of Robin Hood began more than 600 years ago. The man, if he existed at all, lived even earlier. In this definitive work described as the last word on Robin Hood, Professor Sir James Holt, one of Britains premier historians and author of the standard work on the Magna Carta, unravels pure invention from real possibility and offers the results of some thirty years of research. He assesses the evidence for the historical Robin Hood and finds that the tale originated with the yeomen and hangers-on of the households of noblemen and gentry in the later Middle Ages. Parts of the story that we now take for granted Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Robin as robber of the rich and giver to the poor, even Sherwood Forest played little or no part in the original tales, and were added as the centuries passed and the legends grew. The legend of Robin Hood has enthralled people from the first ballads to contemporary movies. Holt reconstructs the historical basis of the stories but never loses sight of the human imagination that sustained them. This edition includes new illustrations and The Gest of Robyn Hood, one of the oldest surviving tales.

Comment by G7HZZ:

A readable' book full of common sense which balances the probability of Robin Hood originally being a real character against the probability that Robin Hood personified the grass-roots contempt of the excesses, self-aggrandisement and economic and political power of the clergy in the 12th-16th centuries. And it largely dispels the embellishment of the earliest 'authentic tales' by romantics, wannabees and yarn-spinners, and nutters. Well worth the money.

Robin Hood - the man behind the myth

Graham Phillips & Martyn Keatman. 1995. Michael O'Mara Books. ISBN 1-85479-066-7. 185pp.
Available online.
This book endeavours to give a glimpse of 'the man' who was Robin Hood based on various arguments or viewpoints rather than any facts. It is a readable book, but leaves the impression that the authors may have 'muddied the water' a little. However, in the absence of facts about Robin Hood 'The Man', everything written about him is based on tenuous evidence. [G7HZZ].

Robin Hood & the Lords of Wellow

Tony Molyneux-Smith.1998. Nottinghamshire County Council. ISBN 0-902751-19-0. 72pp.

A booklet about the possible connection of Robin Hood to the village of Wellow. Available from Nottinghamshire County Libraries. £1 (£3 incl

. postage). 


Description (Notts CC website):  Tony Molyneux-Smith investigates the widely discussed theory that, far from being a single person, Robin Hood was actually a pseudonym taken by several descendants of Sir Robert Foliot – whose family held the lordship of the village of Wellow  in north Nottinghamshire.  His search for verification takes many surprising twists and turns, and this book is must for anyone who is interested in the real Robin Hood.

Comment by G7HZZ:  While this is an interesting perspective on Robin Hood, some ideas about the topography surrounding Wellow village, and the relationship with Nottingham City are difficult to believe. But for £1 it is an "interesting" addition to one's 'bookshelf'.


Legend -Clannad

The soundtrack to the British TV series 'Robin of Sherwood'. Various editions: vinyl, CD, DVD.

From Wikipedia:

Their music has been variously described as bordering on folk and folk rock, traditional Irish, Celtic and new-age, often incorporating elements of an even broader spectrum of smooth jazz and Gregorian chant.


Robin of Sherwood

1984-86 Harlech TV / Goldcrest. Available on DVD, etc.  Initially a fairly 'straight' drama series. Early episodes are better than later ones. Good music (Clannad).  Link:


Robin Hood
 In Our Times series, Melvin Bragg. BBC Radio 4 - on iPlayer. Link:

Can be downloaded and saved as an MP3 file - May be deleted without notice.


Take your pick, from the 1938  Errol Flynn 'classic' (right)  to a 'kitschy' Disney cartoon, and with some in-between.