The Kirklees Vampire, the Saville family and the resting place of Robin Hood
The story of Robin Hood being bled to death by his cousin, the prioress of Kirklees, is recorded in a Sloane manuscript. He is said to have died without the sanctity of holy unction and his body was supposedly interred 650 yards from the Kirklees priory gatehouse. Whether he is actually entombed in the Kirklees grave bearing a much later tombstone is a matter open to much speculation.
The apparition most frequently reported in the immediate area, however, is not that of a male, much less a medieval outlaw, but is the spectre of a darkly clad woman ~ sometimes described as a hag in the garb of a prioress from a past century.
There is suspicion amongst members of the Robin Hood of Yorkshire Society that the Armytage family and MI5 are involved in a plot to prevent the public visiting the final resting place of Robin Hood, England’s most famous outlaw.
According to lowercalderlgends.com
In the last couple of decades it has become the centre of a storm over access. Kirklees Park is still a private estate and for many years following her husband’s death, Lady Armytage refused to allow people to visit it, despite the indefatigable efforts of the Yorkshire Robin Hood Society. Moreover, it is claimed that Lady Armytage actively suppressed any mention of the grave in tourist literature or the media and more fancifully that MI5 were involved in a conspiracy to prevent mention of Robin Hood’s Yorkshire connections damaging the Nottinghamshire tourist industry!
The Gothic Press however presents a different perspective on the legend
The grave with its questionable attribution to Robin Hood, is only one of a number of graves, mostly unmarked, at Kirklees Park Estate. The Saville family, who owned Kirklees long before the Armytage family, gave the information to Camden about the grave – the letter is written in Latin and survives; so the grave`s early origins pre-date Armytage control. They enclosed the grave in the early 18th century first of all because of people chipping off bits for souvenirs and it gave them a wonderful “folly” when the estate was landscaped – but it all pre-dates them.