1782 - Proceedings of the Old Bailey

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1782
Topic Woman indicted for murder had been at Robin Hood Court [Holborn]
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Site of Robin Hood Court, Shoe Lane, Holborn.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-06-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-17.


[20 Feb. 1782:]

I had been all the afternoon in Robinhood's court, I was going along by this place, and saw this woman, Humphries, I asked her where she was going, she said, to Mrs. Topham's, I am sensible she is acquainted with her, I said, I had not seen her a good while, and I would go and treat her, she went with me; as I was going by this place, I said, I wanted to go and ease myself, we went to the necessary together; I never saw any person in the alley but Mary Stebbings , and no person ever met us in the alley but that woman.[1]

Source notes

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IRHB comments

The "Robinhood Court" mentioned here must be that at Shoe Lane. The deceased, who it was eventually decided probably died from natural causes, was found at "Eagle and child alley", which Lockie lists as follows in his Topography of London: ""Eagle & Child-Alley, Fleet-Market,- at 61, the first on the R. about fifteen doors from Holborn-hill, extending to 39, Shoe-lane".[2] The surgeon who examined the body lived in Holborn.




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