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Robin Hood's Prison? Sheriff's Dungeon Found At Nottingham Gaol
24 Hour Museum ^ | 10-17-2007 | Caroline lewis

Posted on 10/17/2007 2:33:00 PM PDT by blam

ROBIN HOOD'S PRISON? SHERIFF'S DUNGEON FOUND AT NOTTINGHAM GAOL

By Caroline Lewis 17/10/2007

One of the above ground prison cells at the Galleries of Justice. © Galleries of Justice

New evidence has been discovered that the medieval caves under Nottingham’s Galleries of Justice museum were once used by the Sheriff of Nottingham as a prison.

The dark dungeon cells would have been in use when the Sheriff resided at the Shire Hall and County Gaol.

“It is an exciting discovery,” said Tim Desmond, Chief Executive at the Galleries. “The cave has always been known as the ‘Sheriff’s Dungeon’, but until now we have only been aware of its later use as a chapel for the Georgian prison.”

He pointed out that not much thought had ever been given to its previous use as a cell for the Sheriff’s Hall that was originally on the site, until research into a new exhibition on the Sheriff of Nottingham. Staff then uncovered evidence that the Sheriff did indeed imprison felons in the lower level caves under the building.

“So far we have discovered an ancient staircase that led down to the cells and we are also excavating an area next to the cave,” said Tim.

There is, of course, the tantalising possibility that the cave prison had a very famous resident, and there are plans to allow the public to have a look for themselves.

“This is the first time visitors to the Galleries of Justice will be able to see the dungeon where Robin Hood would have been imprisoned in medieval times and already we have received a lot of interest from the public, from as far away as Japan,” said Tim


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: england; forstofnottingham; godsgravesglyphs; hood; kingjohn; nottingham; nottinghamgaol; richardthelionheart; robin; robingoodfellow; robinhood; sheriff; sheriffofnottingham; thegreenman; unitedkingdom; wales; yorkshire
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1 posted on 10/17/2007 2:33:03 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 10/17/2007 2:33:30 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

Everybody knows the Sheriff never captured Robin. He always escaped by jumping off the castle wall to his waiting Merry Men.


3 posted on 10/17/2007 2:36:39 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: wildbill

There’s only so much you can do in tights.


4 posted on 10/17/2007 2:47:17 PM PDT by elephantlips
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To: wildbill

....and lived to play “pickle-me-tickle-me” with the Maid Marian !!


5 posted on 10/17/2007 2:48:03 PM PDT by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: wildbill
Everybody knows the Sheriff never captured Robin. He always escaped by jumping off the castle wall to his waiting Merry Men.

Got me to thinking again. So many heros on TV for the baby boomers were running around in tights - Robin Hood, Superman, Batman ... TV brought to a new level the gaying of America. At least the previous generation made an attempt to ignore homosexuals in popular culture.

6 posted on 10/17/2007 3:03:04 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The only good Mullah is a dead Mullah. The only good Mosque is the one that used to be there.)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
So many heros on TV for the baby boomers were running around in tights

As far as Robin Hood goes, it's not really that surprising. It's a history thing: People used to wear them quite a bit, before central heating.

7 posted on 10/17/2007 3:09:23 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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8 posted on 10/17/2007 3:16:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, October 16, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam
"We caught Robin Hood! Where should we take him, sire?"
"GAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!"

sorry. I just "gaol" is such a fun and silly word. Thought so since the first time I saw it used on "Dark Shadows".

9 posted on 10/17/2007 4:42:37 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith ("I am the master.")
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Dunno about superheros, but medieval style ‘tights’ weren’t THAT tight. Elastic material wasn’t invented, so the cloth was about as snug as a too small pair of sweat pants. Consult your local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism for details.


10 posted on 10/17/2007 4:45:38 PM PDT by Mountain Troll
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To: blam

Have they found Errol Flynn’s DNA on the walls?


11 posted on 10/17/2007 4:53:03 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("All gave some, and some gave all!")
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Next you’re gonna tell me I’m missing the point about the “Merry Men” who were really Gay Men but was lost in the translation.

And I don’t wanna hear anything about Little John and his huge quarterstaff.

GEEZ LOUISE! Leave me something of my childishness...er...childhood dreams.


12 posted on 10/17/2007 5:44:42 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: blam

“Robin Hood” TV show theme song:

http://www.whirligig-tv.co.uk/tv/children/robinhood/robinhd2.wav

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen.
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men.
Feared by the bad,
Loved by the good.
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood.


13 posted on 10/17/2007 6:35:50 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Thanks. It’s been many decades since I’ve heard that.


14 posted on 10/17/2007 7:14:51 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam
Scratched in wall above hammock: Robin of the Hood slept here.
15 posted on 10/17/2007 8:38:44 PM PDT by madison10 (Trying to buy USA Made Christmas gifts this year? Good luck with that.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Anyone know the words to the Python version?


16 posted on 10/18/2007 8:50:04 AM PDT by norton (Go ahead, vote for Hunter, you know you want to.)
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To: norton

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore,
galloping through the sward,
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore,
and his horse Concorde.
He steals from the rich,
he gives to the poor,
Mr Moore, Mr Moore, Mr Moore.

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore,
Riding through the night.
Soon every lupin in the land
Will be in his mighty hand
He steals them from the rich
And gives them to the poor
Mr Moore, Mr Moore, Mr Moore.

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore,
Dumdum alum the night.
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore,
Dun de dun dum plight.
He steals dumdum dun
And dumdum dum dee
Dennis dun, Dennis dee, dum dum dum.

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore,
Riding through the woods.
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
With a bag of things.
He gives to the poor and he takes from the rich
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore.

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
Riding through the land
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
Without a merry band
He steals from the poor.
And gives to the rich
Stupid b*tch.

Dennis Moore:
Wait a tic... blimey, this redistribution of wealth is trickier than I thought.

Lyrics and script of skit:

http://www.jumpstation.ca/recroom/comedy/python/dennis.html

Audio bits:

http://www.tunetribe.com/Album?album_id=530785


17 posted on 10/18/2007 5:29:06 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: wildbill
Everybody knows the Sheriff never captured Robin.

Au contraire, not according to the B&W TV series from approx. 1955-1960 (with Richard Greene playing Robin).

18 posted on 10/18/2007 8:24:34 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: LibFreeOrDie
Thanks for posting that link to the Robin Hood TV show theme song. BTW, those eps are available on amazon.com. I have a number of them on VHS tape which I bought when Kevn Costner's "Robin Hood" film came out in the 90's. Now the entire collection of the 50's series is available on DVD and for a cheaper price. Thank heaven for DVD technology.
19 posted on 10/18/2007 8:31:31 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz

I have a few of the Robin Hood TV DVDs, too! It was my favorite show back in the ‘50s (along with “Terry and the Pirates” and “Sky King”).


20 posted on 10/18/2007 8:36:18 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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