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Shambles Oak, Sherwood Forest, Edwinstowe, c 1880

Robin Hood's Larder was a large hollow oak tree where the Sherwood outlaws supposedly hung their venison after having stolen it from the King. They may have attempted to smoke it here. The tree was also sometimes known as the 'Shambles Oak' as this word has butchery associations. It has, unfortunately, disappeared in recent years; it was badly burnt by picnicking school girls in 1913 but survived …