"We had a capital 'severe tea' at Robin Hood's Bay "
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Robin Hood's Bay
Creative Commons AttributionRobin Hood's Bay - Credit: Lee Bailey

Robin Hood's Bay is still a charming little fishing village of cobbled streets and red-roofed cottages.  It has no known connection to the outlaw from down south.  The village has a history of disaster, with houses and streets being washed away by the sea.  This was probably the fate of the "sweet little old-fashioned inn, with a bow window right over the seaweed-covered rocks".  The highest sea wall in Britain was built here in 1975 to prevent further loss.

 

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A 'severe tea' was presumably high tea, a large meal of meat or fish followed by bread and jam or cake eaten at the end of the working day.