Sherwood  Nottinghamshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Sherwood like this:

SHERWOOD FOREST, a quondam forest in Notts, Derbyshire, and Yorkshire; from Nottingham northward to Worksop, and thence less strictly to Whitby. It is commonly computed to have extended only to Worksop; but it really extended as truly to the neighbourhood of Doncaster; and reached thence in a less proper sense to Whitby. ...

It was the haunt of the fabulous dragon of Wantley, the retreat of Robin Hood and his followers, and the scene of many sanguinary battles in the wars of the Roses; and it continued, so late as the time of Elizabeth, to occupy as large a space as the present New Forest in Hants. Considerable remains of it still exist near Mansfield, around Rotherham, and at the parks of Wentworth and Wharncliffe. See Nottingham.

Sherwood through time

Sherwood is now part of Newark and Sherwood district. Click here for graphs and data of how Newark and Sherwood has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Sherwood itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Sherwood, in Newark and Sherwood and Nottinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 15th May 2021

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