Rufford Poachers talk

by | 12 April 2018 | Heritage, Retford, Sherwood

The next heritage talk at Retford Library will be an update on The Rufford Park Poachers, on Thursday 19th April at 7.00pm. Last year Retford Library had a sell-out presentation by Sam Millard of the story behind a well-known folk song, Rufford Park Poachers. This tells the local tale of poaching in the Sherwood Forest in early Victorian times. There was a violent confrontation between poachers and gamekeepers that resulted in the death of one of the gamekeepers. The story goes on to describe the application of Victorian justice and mis-justice.

Since Sam’s previous talk, further evidence has been uncovered that gives a twist in the tale as to what happened to the four who were sentenced to be transported across the seas for a period of 14 years. Tickets for the talk are £1.00, which includes refreshments, and booking is essential — please call Retford Library on 01777 708724 or email