This grave in Hathersage churchyard is reputed to be that of 'Little John'.
Robin Hood’s trusty lieutenant, known as Little John, is reputed to have hailed from Haversage at Derbyshire. A huge grave in the churchyard at Hathersage is claimed to be that of this man, having died in a nearby cottage. In 1847, the occupant of the cottage, Jenny Shard, a woman of 70, who had had the story from her father and which had been handed down in the family, remembered the grave being opened by Captain James Shuttleworth, when a thigh bone 32ins long had been found, indicating that it was of a very big man. Added to the story is the fact that there was at one time in the church a long bow and cap, said to have belonged to Little John. At some stage they were taken away for safe keeping? by the local squire and their present whereabouts are not known.
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Photo taken in Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32, UK
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