1834 - Proceedings of the Old Bailey (3)
|Topic||Theft at the Robin Hood [Robin Hood Court, Shoe Lane?]|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-06-18. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-08.
[15 May 1834:]
WILLIAM FROST. I lodge at the Robin Hood public-house: the prisoner slept in the same bed with me. On the morning of the 7th of May, I saw him out of bed between three and four o'clock - I remarked that it was rather early - he said, yes; but he was going to Newgate-market - I sat up and looked for my clothes, which I had left on the bed, and which were not there then - I found them by the bed side - I took up my trousers, and felt in them for a crown-piece, two shillings, and some half-pence, which I knew I had left in the pocket - they were all safe - I put them down again, and the prisoner went out of the room - I laid down, and in a few minutes he came into the room again - I suppose he thought I was asleep - I saw him take my trousers, and he was pushing up the pocket to get the money out - he went down - I jumped up and ran after him - I said, "Halloo" - he said, "Halloo," and came up into the bed-room again - I came up with him - I shut the door, and challenged him with having my crown-piece - he said he had not - I said he had - I got my clothes on, and locked the door of the room while I went out for a policeman - I saw a bricklayer's labourer, and sent him for a policeman - in about two minutes the policeman came; and, as we went up stairs, I heard the prisoner jump out of the window, which is on the first-floor - I opened the door, and he was not in the room - the window looked into some stable yards.
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It is not clear at which Robin Hood inn the crime was committed, but the fact that the perpetrator was (ostensibly) going to Newgate market makes the Robin Hood in Robin Hood Court, Shoe Lane, Holborn, the most likely scene of the crime, for it was slightly closer to the market than the other two Robin Hood inns in Holborn. Newmarket, for centuries London's wholesale and retail meat market, was located in a rather confined space south of Newgate Street and north of St Paul's Churchyard, only some 500 m ESE of Shoe Lane.
- Not included in Sussex, Lucy, compil. 'References to Robin Hood up to 1600', in: Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 262-88.
- Thornbury, Walter; Walford, Edward. Old and New London: A Narrative of its History, its People, and its Places (London, Paris, and New York, ), vol. II, p. 491
- British History Online: The Metropolitan Meat-Market (online version without pagination).
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- Robin Hood (Holborn).