Robin Hood (Stretford, Manchester) (1)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.44597, -2.314141
Adm. div. Lancashire
Vicinity Park Road (formerly Butt Lane), junction of Park Road, King Street and Urmston Lane
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1845
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The original site of the Robin Hood.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-06-11. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.

The pub now at 125 Barton Road, Stretford, Manchester, was originally situated on the north-western corner of the junction whose south-western corner it now occupies.

For the current pub, see Robin Hood (Stretford, Manchester) (2). Evidently the inn only became the Robin Hood at (probably) some point in the 19th century, for H. T. Crofton noted in 1903 that "[t]he Robin Hood Inn is the modern name for the old Waggon and Horses, and stood on the west side of Butt Lane, which leads from King Street or Urmston Lane towards Derbyshire Lane".[1] The O.S. maps (see below) tell us that Butt Lane has now, as it were, had its name bowdlerized to 'Park Road'. A citizen born c. 1816 remembered that "[i]n the roadway at Four Lane Ends, opposite the Waggon and Horses, which was afterwards the Robin Hood, there was an iron ring fixed for bear baiting".[2]

One 19th century keeper active after the pub had become the Robin Hood was named John Hamer[3] Slater's Directory for 1845 lists Josiah Johnson Smith, victualler", as keeper of the Robin Hood.[4] The O.S. maps listed below include the indication "P.H." for the present pub. An unlabelled building is shown at the old location. The pub had probably moved across Urmston Lane by 1898. See the page on Robin Hood (Stretford, Manchester) (2).





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