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Mazes and Labyrinths

50 51 This ancient labyrinth used to sit on the summit of a hill near St. Annes holy well, Sneinton, from which, it is recorded, flowed the purest and most healing water in all Nottinghamshire. The entrance seems to have been in the west. The pathway was, like Saffron Walden, a trench between raised turf banks and was said to have been 535 yards long the design has also been recorded as measuring one hundred feet across. The corner bastions contained crosses, crosslets or fitchies cut into the turf. Robin Hoods Race was ploughed up in 1797 as the new enclosures removed common rights to common land from common people, a process which is still in vogue all over the world, and shows no sign of slowing. The association between good clean water, free access and fun may have something to do with it. The design is a slight variation on the medieval elevencircuit pattern see pages 5457, probably a result of errors introduced in various recuttings. In this version is has a quick exit route, or, if you want to cheat, a fast entrance rOBiN HOODS rACE another lost treasure
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