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The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest, Edwindstowe, c 1920s

During the Middle Ages vast areas of England were Royal Forest and came under Forest Law, an additional law applying to those living within its jurisdiction. Originally extremely harsh, Henry III granted in 1217 that a man should no longer lose life or limb for taking the King's deer. Legend has it that Robin Hood hid within the hollow trunk of the tree to escape from the Sheriff of Nottingham's m…