Robhodway (Walsham le Willows)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 52.303, 0.938
Adm. div. Suffolk
Vicinity In or near Walsham le Willows
Type Thoroughfare
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1344
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Walsham le Willows.
Willows in Walsham le Willows / Bob Jones.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-08-02. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-11.

The road name Robhodway occurs in two entries in the Walsham le Willows (Suffolk) court rolls for 1344 (see Evidence below). "Robhood" is recorded as a family name in Walsham le Willows from 1283 to 1628.[1] As is the case with other surnames of the "Robinhood" type, the etymology is unknown, and it is not entirely certain that this surname has anything to do with Robin Hood. Although it seems more likely Robhodway was named after the local Robhood family than vice versa, this also cannot be regarded as certain. It is, however, difficult to imagine what circumstance or natural or manmade feature could have given the road its name if not the simple fact that it was the road where the Robhood family lived. Whether Robhodway is in any way a Robin Hood-related place-name therefore depends on whether it meant 'the road where the Robhoods live' and whether the surname has anything to do with Robin Hood. However, if this place-name is thus of dubious relevance, this is something it may share with other apparently Robin Hood-related place-names. In many cases where we do not know the history behind a "Robinhood" or "Robin Hood" place-name, it is possible that it originally referred to a perfectly law abiding citizen named Robin or Robert Hood or surnamed Robinhood. Robin Hood's Grave at Kirklees Priory is perhaps an example of this.


1344 - Robhodway (Walsham le Willows) (1)

[12 Apr. 1344:]
[Thomas Fuller, Walter Fuller and Roger, prior of Ixworth, fined for digging on the common at Staple way and digging clay at Robhodway.][2]

1344 - Robhodway (Walsham le Willows) (2)

[12 Apr. 1344:]
[Roger, prior of Ixworth, fined for encroachment at Robhodway, by digging of a claypit on the common there.][3]




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