Robin Hood (Cherry Hinton)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 52.184096, 0.17238
Adm. div. Cambridgeshire
Vicinity 1 Fulbourn Road, Cherry Hinton, 4 km SE of Cambridge
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1854
A.k.a. Robin Hood and Little John
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The Robin Hood.
The pub was still named Robin Hood & Little John as of Nov. 11, 2007 / Keith Edkins, Creative Commons, via Geograph.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07.Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-05.

The Robin Hood in Cherry Hinton is an old pub. The first notice I have so far found of it is a reply to a query regarding 'Poetical Tavern Signs' in Notes & Queries in April 1854, where a P.J.F. Gantillon notes that "The Robin Hood inscription is found, with a very little variation, in front of a public-house at Cherryhinton [sic], at the corner of the road to Fulbourn [...]".[1] The type of inscription Gantillon has in mind is exemplified by this one from Castleton near Whitby:

To gentlemen and yeomen good,
Come in and drink with Robin Hood;
If Robin Hood is not at home,
Come in and drink with Little John.[2]

The original building, a thatched cottage, was demolished in 1960 or earlier and replaced by the present building, at which time the establishment was given the name Robin Hood & Little John, which it retained as late as November 2007. Subsequently the name has been changed to the Robin Hood. The pub is owned by Greene King Brewing and Retailing Limited. Across the street is a park with a pool known, inter alia, as Robin Hood Dip, a name which it presumably owes to its proximity to the pub.

Information on publicans etc. for the years 1883-96 can be found at Pub History.[3]


[...] the original public house [...] was an extended thatched cottage. This was later demolished, and by 1960 the present building was reopened as the Robin Hood and Little John pub.[4]

Sarsen stone about 1 metre across in car park of Robin Hood & Little John pub. 'Footprint' mark embedded into it, some say possibly carved.[5]





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