Robin Hood (Hockley)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 52.954186, -1.143557
Adm. div. Nottinghamshire
Vicinity NE Nottingham
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1761
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Hockley (now NE Nottingham), where the Robin Hood was located.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2016-10-14. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-13.

The Robin Hood in Hockley is included on a list of alehouse keepers' recognizances from 1761 (see record cited below). In similar entries from 1759 and 1762 it is referred to as the Green Man. A couple of other pubs on these lists also appear under two different names. In the case of the Robin Hood/Green Man, the vacillation is almost certainly due to its signboard allowing both interpretations and the name being set down in the record by someone other than the pub owner. I do not find it very likely that the proprietor should deliberately have changed the pub's name from the Green Man to Robin Hood between 1759 and 1761, only to change it back again already in 1762. On the other hand, Robin Hood and the Green Man may very well have looked similar enough on inn signs to lead to confusion. Other Green Men are known to have morphed into Robin Hoods.[1]

A friendly society held a meeting at the pub in 1794.[2]


1761 - Robin Hood (Hockley)

26 May 1761.
1761. May 26
A[t] the General Licensing Day held at the Guildhall . . . every Person having such License was bound in Recognizance to our Lord the King with Sureties as Underwritten & upon the Condition following to wit Upon Condition that A: B: shall not during the continuance of a License now Granted to him (or her) for keeping a Common Alehouse within the Town & County of the Town of Nottingham Neglect to keep duly the true Assize in his (or her) Bread Beer Ale & other Excisable Liquors And shall not Use or Suffer any Unlawfull Games Drunkeness or disorder in his (or her) House Yard Garden or Backside but Maintain & keep good order & Rule therein according to the Laws & Statutes of this Realm in that behalf made & Provided . . .2 [...] 105. Wm. Kestevens at the Robin hood in Hockley.3[3]



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