Pictures of England


Historic Towns & Picturesque Villages

Pictures of Edwinstowe

in the county of Nottinghamshire

About Edwinstowe

In the heart of Sherwood Forest sits the historic village of Edwinstowe.
Legend has it that it was here in Edwinstowe that Robin Hood married Maid Marian at the local Church of St Mary - A beautiful medieval church which dates from 1175, although there has been a church on the site since 633 A.D.

The village takes its name from the holy shrine or resting place "stowe" of King Edwin - the Saxon King of Northumbria who was slain in 633AD and was buried in Sherwood forest so that his enemies could not find his body. A wooden chapel was erected in this place, which is the site now occupied by The Church of St Mary's.

The village today is a vibrant place with a selection of shops, restaurants and pubs to choose from, and the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and National Nature Resvere is just a 10 minute walk from the village.

Interesting & Historical Facts about Edwinstowe

Many legends surround the mighty 'Major Oak' of Sherwood Forest, but one thing can be certain and that is its incredible size, for this ancient tree not only has a girth of 10 metres (33ft) but also a spread of 28 metres (92ft) making it the largest oak tree in the whole of Britain. It also weighs an estimated 23 tonnes!

Due to its enormous spread, many of its branches are supported with props, and have been since Victorian times, helping the tree to stay intact and healthy. The area directly around it has also been fenced off to keep visitors feet from compressing the soil above and around its roots.

People think that it was named because of its size, but in fact it was named after Major Hayman Rooke, a local historian who described the tree in 1790.

People from all over the world decend on Sherwood Forest to see this remarkable tree, which is said to have been a favoured hideout of Robin Hood and his merry men.

Edwinstowe facts | Nottinghamshire facts

Recommended towns & villages near Edwinstowe

A picture of Worksop

Worksop (237 Pictures) in the county of Nottinghamshire

(8.2 miles, 13.1 km, direction N of Edwinstowe)

The dense spread of Worksop in Nottinghamshire meets with some seriously picturesque countryside, it is fortunate to be ringed by two rivers, the Clumber which borders Clumber Country Park, and the River Ryton...

Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire

Southwell (51 Pictures) in the county of Nottinghamshire

(9.2 miles, 14.9 km, direction SE of Edwinstowe)

Southwell, surrounded by lovely open countryside, offers an interesting choice of guest accommodation and has a good range of shops, inns and restaurants...

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover (89 Pictures) in the county of Derbyshire

(9.6 miles, 15.4 km, direction W of Edwinstowe)

Bolsover is a small town lying 5 miles east of Chesterfield. It occupies a picturesque valley setting, watched over by 17th century Bolsover Castle which stands on the site of a former fortress of Norman times...

View from the back of Sutton Scarsdale Hall, Derbyshire

Sutton Scarsdale (18 Pictures) in the county of Derbyshire

(11.5 miles, 18.5 km, direction W of Edwinstowe)

This is a village noted for the romantic ruins of what was once one of the grandest houses in Derbyshire...

Newark Castle

Newark-on-Trent (95 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Nottinghamshire

(13.7 miles, 22.1 km, direction SE of Edwinstowe)

As it's name implies, this town enjoys a fine position on the River Trent. The great castle where King John died in 1216 lies in ruins on the banks of the river...

All towns & villages in Nottinghamshire
Complete A to Z of towns & villages in England

Nearby attractions..

July 2010

Clumber Country Park (148 Pictures)

(5.6 miles, 8.9 km, direction N)

The peaceful landscape of this delightful country park gives visitors lovely summer memories of time spent ambling around.....

A picture of Pleasley Pit Country Park

Pleasley Pit Country Park (8 Pictures)

(8.2 miles, 13.2 km, direction W)

Pleasley Pit Country park is a reclaimed colliery site, which now offers nature lovers the chance to see record numbers of.....

The Great Oak, Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest (39 Pictures)

(9.2 miles, 14.7 km, direction S)


Walled flower garden at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire.

Newstead Abbey (64 Pictures)

(9.6 miles, 15.5 km, direction SW)

A beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire, England......

Southwell Minster, nottinghamshire

Southwell Minster (40 Pictures)

(9.7 miles, 15.6 km, direction SE)

Historically a monastery was probably founded here in the 10th century, with the church being begun around 1108. The building.....

The Senses

Bolsover Castle (100 Pictures)

(10.1 miles, 16.3 km, direction W)

The early morning sun streams down on a piece of Derbyshire's proud heritage, as into view come the magnificent ruins of Bolsover.....

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Hardwick Hall (134 Pictures)

(10.2 miles, 16.5 km, direction W)

This magnificent Elizabethan house was begun by Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury (Bess of Hardwick) in the year 1591. For the.....

All attractions in Edwinstowe
All attractions in Nottinghamshire
Complete A to Z of attractions in England