Robin Hood’s Grave

March 16th, 2009

Located in West Yorkshire, England, a dark and mysterious grave remains in the once dense Barnsdale Forest. This is where the famous grave of Robin Hood lies. The fallen pillars are all that still remain of this famous outlaw’s tomb. In the year 1347, Robin Hood bled to death here by the evil prioress of Kirklees and her lover Red Roger of Doncaster. No one knows the reason why this event took place, but some speculate that it could be due to a variety of reasons, including murder, poor nursing, vampirism, pagan sacrifice, or simply passion. Robin died without the Last Rites of the Church and was buried in unconsecrated grounds.

Reports of the paranormal have been reported to the Yorkshire Robin Hood Society. The earliest stories came from an older woman who went to visit her aunt in Hartshead, which is near Kirklees.  She allegedly heard Robin calling for Marian and seeing flashing lights in the sky. In one instance, she even found a silver  arrow in a field near the grave. A man named Roger Williams reported seeing the apparition of a lady in white the two times that he visited the grave. She was apparently gliding across the grass as he watched. Other people are believed to have seen the apparition of Red Roger of Doncaster.

He is a hideous specter that is accompanied by a shadow believed to be that of the prioress. This presence brings a strong evil along with it. One women experienced such an event and was taken seriously ill immediately after it happened. Robin’s apparition is believed to also be seen in the gatehouse where he died. There is a significant evil presence felt there by all and is generally not a safe place to venture off into. Robin Hood’s grave is still being slowly deteriorated, with strange disturbances still happening, and the public is not allowed to visit under no conditions.

(Source: Belanger, Jeff. Encyclopedia of Haunted Places. 2005.)

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  1. March 16th, 2009 at 04:22 | #1

    Robin Hood is not buried beneath those victorian yew trees – as I can easily prove . However this particular site is of major paranormal activity , first off 100 yards from the sepulchre is what remains of a 2000 year old hill fort (roman) along with its own tumulus . Second I myself have had some really “kicked” experiences on my many visits to Kirklees Park – which is just down the road from me in Huddersfield . NUNS ! plenty of DEAD NUNS – details on my Robin Hood site

  2. May 7th, 2009 at 15:49 | #2

    Sounds interesting! I am trying to find out who owns the site now since Miladyship passed on last year! So dfar its all hush hush!

  3. October 23rd, 2009 at 13:50 | #3


    Part 1 Introduction

    Part 2 History of site

    Part 3 Ghosts and vampire tales

    Part 4 Timeline 1984-2009


    DEEP in the heart of an ancient woodland in West Yorkshire,hidden beneath a formidable barrier of fierce thorns and dense undergrowth, there is a hidden grave. Here rest the mortal remains of Robin Hood, the Prince of Robbers, England’s outlaw hero,bloodily slain by the Prioress of Kirklees Nunnery six hundred years ago and cast into an unhallowed grave. Today Robin lies forgotten and unmourned in his lonely and desolate sepulchre, for few people know of the grave’s existence or its whereabouts. Why is this so ? Should not such a monument be an international place of pilgrimage and Yorkshire, not Nottingham, be the centre of the famous folk hero’s legend ? A mystery indeed which this short article attempts to unravel a little.

    With the death of Lady Armytage last year there were hopes that more interest from Calderdale Council and long overdue improved public access would be forthcoming , but such is sadly not to be as it appears that some kind of posthumous guardianship in the form of a Trust has been set up involving the people who live in the luxury flats at Kirklees Hall . Lady Armytage , who inherited the hall, and has one daughter and a step -son from Sir John’s first marriage, sold it after Sir John’s death in 1983, but as Robin’s grave and the medieval priory gatehouse where he died was outside the hall’s boundaries, remaining on Lady Armytage’s side of the estate , it seems odd that the flat owners are now involved in the administration of the sites.

    So, what are we to make of all this? Is it simply the whims and fancies of the aristocracy who wish to continue their privileged feudal existence of blood sports and house parties undisturbed by the common hoards or is it something more sinister, involving the occult and certain people seeking to control the network of ley lines around Robin Hood’s Grave, for their own nefarious purposes. There have been many reports of ” strange goings on ” at the gravesite and even the reputed sighting of a vampire! Perhaps, also, the funny handshake brigade may be lurking in the sidelines , determined to keep this magical place to themselves.

    The story of Robin Hood is well known but that of his death and the site where it took place, and of the evil prioress, her lover and the naughty nuns of Kirklees, less so. Yet this bloody saga still has a strange echo with the mysterious goings on today. The final extinction of the Armytage dynasty may have finally come to pass, yet the centuries old secret of Robin Hood’s Grave remains jealously guarded by its newly-fledged keepers who continue to strictly maintain their late mistress’s orders. While the evil influence of the prioress still casts her dark shadow over this mysterious and haunted spot.

    Parts 2,3 & 4 available on request


  4. August 21st, 2010 at 13:39 | #4

    Oh god i’M LOOKING for bloody Mary!!!

  5. June 2nd, 2011 at 13:04 | #5

    Nottinghams Fanatics wanted to kill MP

    ROBIN Hood fanatics threatened to kill Wakefield MP David Hinchliffe over his
    campaign to rewrite the legend, he revealed this week.

    Mr Hinchliffe received a number of anonymous death threats from angry
    Nottinghamshire residents after he called for recognition of Robin Hood’s
    Wakefield links last year.

    He said: “I have had various anonymous letters threatening all sorts of things
    in my time, you expect that in politics.

    “But there were some pretty nasty, vicious letters from Nottinghamshire
    threatening me and my family. Some of them said things like I would be struck
    down with illness.”

    Mr Hinchliffe, 56, who is set to retire from politics at the next general
    election, sparked controversy when he questioned Nottingham’s right to the Robin
    Hood myth.

    He said the Merrie City had more of a claim to the legendary hero, and it was
    unfair that roads into Nottingham displayed signs saying `Welcome to Robin Hood

    He even took his crusade to parliament by tabling a House of Commons motion
    ridiculing Nottingham’s Robin Hood associations. He said the historical Robin
    Hood was probably Robin Hode, a 14th century forester from Wakefield. During a
    later appearance on the Richard and Judy television programme to discuss the
    issue, Mr Hinchliffe said he was confronted by a fellow guest.

    He said: “I was on there with a guy dressed as Robin Hood, who was obviously
    there to defend Nottingham. He threatened to hit me. I still think we’ve got a
    credible case, but some people take these things so seriously.

    “I think it was just as a result of there being so much publicity about it. I
    didn’t report it to police – I’ve only ever done that once and I thought this
    was pretty harmless.”

    l David Hinchliffe will stand down at the next general election – for a profile
    of his career, see page 32.

  6. August 24th, 2011 at 04:33 | #6

    My father told me when he visited the graveyard he saw an apparition around the forest and that it is very active with paranormal activity. I want to thank the above comments regarding Robin Hood; I was looking for information for my daughter and came across this post.

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