1879 - Proceedings of the Old Bailey (1)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1879
Topic Counterfeit coin tendered at the Robin Hood on High Holborn
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Site of Robin Hood on High Holborn.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-06-16. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-05.


[10 Feb. 1879:]
MARIA MANDELL. I am barmaid at the Robin Hood public-house, High Holborn—on 15th January the prisoner came and asked for half a quartern of rum, and tendered a two-shilling piece—I saw it was bad at once—I showed it to Mr. Lindley, the landlord—he examined it in my presence, and gave it back to me—I had my eye on it all the time—I took it back to the prisoner and said, "Do you know if this is a bad one?"—he said "No"—he put it in his pocket and gave me a good shilling, and I gave him change, sixpence, four pennies, and a halfpenny—a constable was sent for, and the prisoner was given into custody—the florin produced is the same—I bit it. [1]

Source notes

IRHB has silently regularized the use of spaces before punctuation marks in the quotation and corrected the HTML text at Proceedings of the Old Bailey from the PDF of the original printed edition.

IRHB comments

The Robin Hood referred to is almost certainly that on 281 Holborn. The publican there at this time was named William Lindsay,[2] but his surname could easily have become Lindley through mishearing.




Also see


  1. Proceedings of the Old Bailey: 10 Feb. 1879.
  2. See Pub History: Robin Hood, 281 High Holborn, St Giles in Fields, where Maria Mandell should be added as barmaid. Page retrieved on 2016-06-16.