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Little John: Facts and Information About the Legendary Robin Hood Outlaw

Here are some facts about Little John.

  • Little John is a legendary outlaw, and friend of Robin Hood.
  • He was Robin Hood’s second-in-command, and a member of his Merry Men.
  • In most stories, Little John is very tall and fights with a quarterstaff. The name ‘Little’ is a joke.
  • Sometimes, in some of the Robin hood tales, Little John’s name used to be John Little.
  • Little John appears in some of the earliest versions of the Robin Hood stories. He is mentioned by both Andrew of Wyntoun and Walter Bower, writing in the 15th century.
  • In a 17th century Robin hood ballad Robin Hood and Little John fight with quarterstaves on a bridge, and this is now the most popular version to explain how the two outlaws meet.
  • Some people believe that Little John is buried in St Michael’s Church graveyard in Hathersage, Derbyshire. Others say that he is buried at Thorpe Salvin in Cheshire.
  • Some Irish legends suggest that Little John once visited Dublin in the 1100s after Robin Hood’s death.
  • Clive Mantle played the character of Little John in the Robin of Sherwood TV series.
  • In the Dick King-Smith book Dragon Boy, it is implied that the main character, John Little, will grow up to be Little John.
  • Some historians have suggested that the real Little John was a man called Reynolde Greenleaf from Beverley in Yorkshire.
  • Other historians think he was originally called John Nailer or John Naylor.
  • Local traditions suggest that Little John’s Cottage once stood on Peafield Lane, between Edwinstowe and Mansfield Woodhouse.
  • In the Robin Hood stories Little John is incredibly strong, brave and an excellent archer.
  • In the 1973 Disney animation Robin Hood, Little John is a bear, voiced by Phil Harris.
  • In Sherwood Forest there is a statue of Robin Hood fighting Little John on a bridge.

Vauxhall Bridge: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Vauxhall Bridge. The Vauxhall Bridge is a an arch bridge that crosses the River Thames in London, linking Vauxhall and Pimlico. It is made from steel and granite and opened in 1906. Vauxhall Bridge replaced Regent Bridge (later known as Vauxhall Bridge), which was used from 1816 to 1898. When… Continue Reading

River Taff: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the River Taff. The River Taff is formed at Cefn-coed-y-cymmer in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales at the confluence (meeting point) of the rivers Taf Fechan and Taf Fawr. It flows through Pontypridd, underneath the M4 Motorway and Cardiff. It’s mouth is in Cardiff Bay, close to the mouth of the… Continue Reading

River Tyne: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the River Tyne. The River Tyne is formed at Warden Rock near Hexham at the confluence (meeting point) of two rivers, the North Tyne (with its source in Kielder, Northumberland) and the South Tyne (with its source in Alston Moor, Cumbria). The river flows through Corbridge, divides Newcastle and Gateshead,… Continue Reading

River Ribble: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the River Ribble. The River Ribble starts at Ribblehead at the confluence (meeting point) of the Gayle Beck and Cam Beck rivers. Its mouth is between Southport and Lytham St. Annes on the Irish Sea coast. The River Ribble is 121 km in length, and flows through Settle, Clitheroe, Ribchester… Continue Reading

Anne Bonny: Facts About the Famous Pirate

Here are some facts about Anne Bonny. Anne Bonny was born Anne McCormac in the late 1690s in Cork, Ireland. Her father was Mary Brennan, a servant, and her father was William McCormac, Mary’s employer. William McCormac moved to London with his daughter and he started dressing her as boy and calling her Andy. He… Continue Reading

Castle Rising: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Castle Rising. Castle Rising is located in the village of Castle Rising, near King’s Lynn in Norfolk. The castle was constructed by William d’Aubigny II, Earl of Arundel in 1138 It was designed to be fortress combined with a hunting lodge. It’s location was not of massive strategic importance, but… Continue Reading