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The Road to York through Sherwood Forest

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for "Engaging people in the heritage, history & archaeology of Sherwood Forest".


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The Sherwood Forest
National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey

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Long term Research at 
King John’s Palace:
Ancient Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest

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The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool

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“Scirwuda- Mapping the Greenwood”: Place-names,
Ghost and Shadow woods of Sherwood Forest Project

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Investigating Thynghowe Viking
Meeting Site

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Searching for the 
The Battle of Hatfield

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 Mapping Medieval Sherwood Forest

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The Sherwood Forest LiDAR
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Settlement Development in the Forest

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Sherwood Heath Survey

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Edwinstowe Church Survey

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St Mary’s Norton- Cuckney Church Survey

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 Fieldswork at St Edwin’s Chapel

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 Clipstone Village Dig

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Researching Edward IIs fortification at Clipstone Peel

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Ransom Wood Survey

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Thoresby Estate Survey

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 Robin Hood’s Village Dig

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The Cistercians of Rufford Project:
Settlement Development, Dynamics and Desertion.

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Sherwood Forest Environmental Survey

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World War II in Sherwood Forest - Mapping the camps, munitions and more

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World War I in Sherwood Forest - Mapping the camps, munitions and more

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The Road to York

The old road to York was one of the most important routes through medieval england.

It passed right through the heart of Sherwood Forest and would have been the haunt of outlaws and bandits offering fear to travellers as it crosses the heathland and by the woodlands of the high forest area.

The road passed through Nottingham having crossed the River Trent at Trent Bridge known as the Hethbeth bridge in Medieval times

The road crossed the meadows to the south of the town before climbing up the cave-lined passage of hollowstone into the heart of the original English settlement.

 It passed by the curch of St. Mary's up Stoney Street and northward through the town gate. It by-passed both Castle and Market square as these were later additions by the Normans to the original Saxon settlement, and the old road pre-dated these.

The strategic position on the rock to the west of the road made it an ideal location for a major castle- William the conqueror recongnised this and had William Peveril build a castle here... but more of that later.

Having left through the gates of the medieval walled town it crossed the two great open arable fields of Nottingham before passing the town gallows at the top of the hill.

The road then set off across the heathland of the Waste of Basford, passing the Manor of Arnold before heading off northwards into the High Forest.

The road further north marked the eastern edge of Sherwood Forest.

The Road to York is mentioned in perambulations of the forest boundary throughout the medieval period, and was considered so important it is mentioned in Domesday Book.

'In Nottingham... the road to York... so protected... if anyone ploughs or makes a dyke within 2 perches of the King's road, he has to pay a fine of £8'...





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