Robin Hood (Reading)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate Near 51.443623, -0.958829
Adm. div. Berkshire
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1851
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Robin Hood (Reading).
Christchurch Road, Whitley, Reading / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-05-22. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-08.

A pub named the 'Robin Hood' on Shinfield Road in Whitley, Reading, is recorded from 1851 to 1877.

Information on publicans etc. from this period can be found at Pub Wiki.[1] IRHB has not been able to determine the exact address of the pub. However, a look at the 1851 census record for this area seems to suggest that the pub was situated, not on Shinfield Road properly speaking, but on its northwestern extension which was, at least officially, named Christchurch Road. After visiting Whitley Villa on the eastern corner of Christchurch and Highgrove streets, the census-taker called at Whitley Crescent No. 1 through 15,[2] just east of Highgrove Street. His next stop thereafter was the Robin Hood on Shinfield Road. Subsequently he visited seven more households on that road and a fair number on Southern Hill and Redlands.[3] The route he took, coupled with the fact that the maps tell us that Shinfield Road proper was quite sparsely populated in this vicinity, leads me to suggest that Christchurch Street may locally have been considered part of Shinfield Road. It certainly was so in physical terms. A public house is indicated at the east end of Christchurch Road, but this is the still existing Queen's Head.

In want of the exact coordinate, that listed in the infobox and indicated on the interactive map points to a fairly central point on Christchurch Road. Perhaps a local can tell us precisely where the Robin Hood was?





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