British people of a certain age had a good laugh about 20 years ago when, on the motorways (freeways), they started putting little mottos on the county names. So for Nottinghamshire you now get *Nottinghamshire - Robin Hood County*, or *Stratford - Home of Shakespeare*. To us that's just plain embarrassing but we aassumed it was done for foreign tourists.
But Nottinghamshire *bagged* Robin Hood first.
As for tour guides, it would depend on which one you got. Most Yorkshirefolk do know that Robin Hood is a Yorkshireman, and as probably the county with the biggest ego in the UK, you'd think we'd do more about it. (The name for Yorkshire used to be *God's Own County*, that's how much we like ourselves.... The nearest thing you have to us in the US is Texans
Thing is, poor old Nottinghamshire has nothing but their appropriated Robin Hood - Yorkshire has a wealth of stuff with Jorvik and the Brontes and all those TV spin offs about vets and policemen in the Dales, etc, so I think poor old Robin gets a bit lost in the welter of cultural tat.
Also, there is summat in the Yorkshire character that makes us probably the most wary of outsiders of all English, if not British, people. When I was a child (And I'm not that old....) we snapped into talking dialect if outsiders walked past. We had teachers from the next county and if they passed us in the corridors at school we'd speak *broad Yorkshire* to confound them.
We're a cussed lot and we may well know our heritage but not shout it from the roof tops as we've seen how Haworth etc has been turned into a sort of bronte Disneyland.
But as I say I think at the root of it is our culture - which you can't really pick up from books but the other English people reading this know what I mean - as we are taciturn, proud and keep our own counsel. This is dying out a bit now, but people my age and older were brought up in a very different culture.
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