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Alcock's Arbour, WarksJust off the road between Stratford and Alcester, near the Haselor-Temple Grafton crossroads, is a curious conical hill which has been known for centuries as Alcock's Arbour. An indentation at the foot of the hill is said to be all that remains of the cave that was once the home of a famous robber named Alcock who, before he died, put all his ill-gotten gains in an iron-bound chest that was secured with three locks. He then buried the chest at the back of the cave and set a great cockerel to guard it. On day long ago, an Oxford scholar found the chest, and managed to open two of the locks; but as he tried to open the third, the cockerel seized him and tore him to pieces. Legend asserts, however, that if one of Alcock's bones could be found and shown to the bird, it would then yield up the treasure.
The hill is also known as the Devil's Bag of Nuts, from a story which tells how Satan went nutting on Devil's Nutting Day (September 21), and had just filled an enormous sack when he was interrupted by the Virgin. She ordered him to drop it, which he did, thus forming the hill.