May Avenue (St Mary Cray)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 51.390064, 0.108599
Adm. div. Kent, now Greater London
Vicinity Between Stanley Way and Poverest Road
Type Thoroughfare
Interest Miscellaneous
Status Extant
First Record c. 1944
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May Avenue.
May Avenue / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-12-25. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-06.

May Avenue runs between Powerest Road and Stanley Way, a little northeast of an area that was once wooded and known as Robin Hood Shaw but is now full of residential streets with Robin Hood-related names. Given its proximity to these it seems likely that May refers to the month and that there is in this name an intended connection with Robin Hood, one of the 'characters' of spring festivals. In the immediate vicinity of May Avenue we find Marion Crescent and Hood Avenue. See further the place-names listed on the page on the St Mary Cray place-name cluster.



John Bartholomew & Son Ltd. Bartholomew's Reference Atlas of Greater London, Covering the Whole Metropolitan Police Area, with Larger Scale Maps For Central London and Index For Quick Location of Over 62,000 Names (Edinburgh, 1968), 118E (May Avenue shown and labelled)


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