Once when I a boy in wonder had stood,
Under the greatness of its spreading boughs;
Rejoiced in the richness of the greenwood,
That's never heard the thunder of the plough;
Within its bold heart I paused to ponder,
About all the centuries that had passed;
Of Robin Hood the peoples defender,
Whose skill with the longbow no one surpassed.
Here Little John of Hathersage had stood,
Under the broad leafed maple and the oak;
With all the merry men of the greenwood,
Truly England's great sons with hearts of oak;
A treasured moment, a sweet memory,
Of when I stood in Sherwood's famous tree.
Oh! Hathersage nestling close to
How silent lie your peaks in the
You cannot fail the depths of man's
soul to inspire,
Oh! splendid jewel of Derbyshire.
For to your heart you cradle one
of England's beloved sons,
A worthy lieutenant and friend
from the greenwood returned his
Now at rest from all Earthly toil,
Lying at peace on this sacred soil;
Truly a part of this pleasant land-
That is forever Robin Hood's England.
In the spring of 1688 three noblemen on horseback met at Whittington Moor to discuss about the revolution.
But due to a heavy shower of rain they were forced to take shelter at the village inn.
This was the old inn known as the Cock & Pynot, then a wayside alehouse on the old Chesterfield to Sheffield road.
Earl of Devonshire, Earl of Danby and John D'Arcy planned to take the north, and then
march south against King James II
They sent a letter inviting William of Orange to assume the Crown of England.
The rest as it is said is history.
Famous people of Old Whittington
Harry Brearley (Inventor of Stainless Steel)
Joe and Fred Davis (World Professional Snooker Players)
With pen and ink
my rhymes I splatter!
Pray fogive my literary
That would my scribble
leave in tatters!
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