Do you know where Robin Hood married Maid Marian?
Well, legend has it that they were married under the arch of the doorway to the Church of St. Mary Edwinstowe. The church is situated a few hundred yards from the Major Oak, Robin Hoods Tree, and the tower and the parts of the northern nave date back from Robin’s time. In 1334 the Vicar of Edwinstowe was convicted of trespassing in Sherwood Forest and killing the King’s deer!
Edwinstowe was named in honour of King Edwin of Northumbria, killed in the Battle of Hatfield (633 AD), and subsequently buried in a forest clearing here. St Mary’s Church (not to be confused with the St Mary’s Church in Nottingham), was later built on that site. Edwinstowe village is popular place for its links to the Robin Hood legend, and features an impressive statue of Robin proposing to Marian, as well as the Sherwood Visitor’s Centre on the route to the Major Oak.
The Church of St. Mary is walking distance from The Village Kitchen so why not pop along and find out more about this famous church and tree while having a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake.