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'Robin Hood's Escape Tunnel Found'
Ananova ^ | 8-16-2002

Posted on 08/16/2002 3:34:58 PM PDT by blam

'Robin Hood's escape tunnel found'

Experts believe they've found a tunnel that allowed Robin Hood to escape from the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The secret passageway found under the Galleries of Justice museum in Nottingham is eight feet below street level.

Archaeologists excavating 14th-century manmade caves beneath the museum stumbled upon it accidentally when they broke through a rotten wood floor.

The museum's curator Louise Connell says the tunnel leads towards St Mary's Church, where ancient documents say Robin sought sanctuary from the Sheriff 's men.

The Evening Post says it's believed he used the tunnel to escape from the church, which they'd surrounded.

Experts from the University of Nottingham will now try to date the four feet wide and five feet high passage by clearing rubble blocking it. It's thought to date to the 12th century.

Archaeologist Gavin Kingsley said: "This is an amazing find and goes some way to substantiating the theory that Robin Hood was trapped within St Mary's Church and used the cave system to escape."

Story filed: 20:21 Friday 16th August 2002


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: england; escape; forstofnottingham; found; godsgravesglyphs; hood; kingjohn; nottingham; nottinghamgaol; richardthelionheart; robin; robingoodfellow; robinhood; sheriffofnottingham; thegreenman; tunnel; unitedkingdom; wales; yorkshire
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1 posted on 08/16/2002 3:34:58 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
You find the best stories!
2 posted on 08/16/2002 3:41:33 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: blam
Pretty kewel.
3 posted on 08/16/2002 3:41:45 PM PDT by Samwise
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"Oh thank you sir, I shall tell everyone I see, that there is one man in all of Rottingham, who is not afraid to stand up to the sheriff and his men. Yes tell them that . . . and tell them I vow to bring justice to this land! Right the wrongs! Introduce folk dancing. Demand a four day work week and affordable healthcare for saxons." Robin Hood, Men in Tights.
4 posted on 08/16/2002 3:43:52 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: blam
Monty Python music in the background:

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
Galloping 'cross the sward
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
On his horse, Concord!

He steals from the poor
And gives to the rich...
Stupid b!tch!!!

5 posted on 08/16/2002 3:46:04 PM PDT by quark
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To: blam
"they've found a tunnel that allowed Robin Hood to escape from the Sheriff of Nottingham."

Whew. I was begining to get worried that they would never solve this case.

Next?..................Jack the Ripper!!

The Brits may not be quick, but you can't say they give up easily!

6 posted on 08/16/2002 3:59:06 PM PDT by Michael.SF.
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To: blam
Was Robin Hood a Liberal who stole from the rich and redistributed it to the poor?

Or was he a Conservative who gave the tax money back to the commonfolk which was rightfully theirs?

7 posted on 08/16/2002 4:04:06 PM PDT by chudogg
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To: blam
Three cheers for Robin Hood!

This was always my favorite version of him.. :-)
8 posted on 08/16/2002 4:08:28 PM PDT by COBOL2Java
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Thanks! I had always worried about this. I haven't been sleeping all that well; maybe your post will help.

(In all seriousness, I never knew for sure whether Mr.Hood was a real flesh-and-blood dude anyway.)

9 posted on 08/16/2002 4:18:12 PM PDT by the_doc
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To: blam
If it's 14th century then it's at least a century too late.
10 posted on 08/16/2002 6:02:47 PM PDT by DonQ
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To: Michael.SF.
Jack the Ripper was an American queer named Francis Tumblety,
11 posted on 08/16/2002 6:10:46 PM PDT by ContentiousObjector
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To: Michael.SF.
well if they actually found "something" we know for a fact that "whorealdo" was nowhere near.
12 posted on 08/16/2002 6:12:50 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: COBOL2Java
This is the REAL Robin Hood! All others are poor imitations:


13 posted on 08/16/2002 6:15:50 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: blam
Robin Hood's hiding place!

The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest.
15 posted on 08/16/2002 6:30:04 PM PDT by widgysoft
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Nottingham Castle

A Brief History

A settlement has existed at this important river crossing since palaeolithic times. It was a Saxon settlement in the 6th century and eventually became part of the Kingdom of Mercia. By 878 it had become one of the five Danish boroughs. In medieval times the castle was used by Prince John in the time of the crusades and in 1485 King Richard the III raised his standard there, as did King Charles at the beginning of the civil war.

In 1589 William Lee invented a stocking frame and this marked the beginning of the hosiery industry. By 1780 there were 20,000 frames operating in the area. Industry was transformed in the 19th century by steam and Nottingham was well placed to take advantage of the new power source being at the heart of the East Midlands coal field. The lace making trade grew rapidly with the new industrialisation and the population grew rapidly.

Nottingham was granted it's city status by Queen Victoria in 1897.


16 posted on 08/16/2002 7:06:43 PM PDT by blam
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Sheriff: "Ha! We're wearing him down. Look at all the time he spends just walking around the church garden with his hands in his pockets."

MIDI

17 posted on 08/16/2002 7:35:50 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: vannrox
ping!
18 posted on 08/16/2002 7:43:37 PM PDT by smorgle
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To: Michael.SF.
I'm glad you asked that question.
A forensics scientist named Patricia Cornwell thinks she may have solved the Jack the Ripper case. She spent 4 million dollars of her own money and even found DNA between one of "Jack's" letters and a painting that an artist named Walter Sickert painted.
This artist was a real sick person. He painted one work that matched one of the crime scenes and the photographs of that particular crime scene were never released to the public.
She even traced his travels to France and murders started to happen while he was in the same city.
Cornwell even found out that later "suicides" may have been attributed to him. One suicide involved a cut neck from ear to ear.
She's supposed to have written a book and it's release date should be in the fall.
19 posted on 08/16/2002 7:48:17 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: Miss Marple
How about Daffy? :-)

20 posted on 08/16/2002 7:51:40 PM PDT by COBOL2Java
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