Robin Hood Court (Tooley Street)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 51.505418, -0.083056
Adm. div. Surrey, now Greater London
Vicinity English Grounds, SE from Battle Bridge Lane, NE from Tooley Street
Type Thoroughfare
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1763
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Robin Hood Court (Tooley Street).
English Grounds, just north of Tooley Street, is the site of Robin Hood Court / Google Earth Street View.
John Rocque's 1746 map of London and Westminster centred on "Robin Woods C[ourt]" / Locating London's Past.
Richard Horwood's Plan of London (1792-99) centred on "Robin Hood Co[urt]" / Romantic London.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-06-24. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.

A Robin Hood Court once existed at what is now English Grounds on the east side of Battle Bridge Lane on the Thames side of Tooley Street. It is first recorded on John Rocque's map of London and Westminster (1746).

Rocque labels the locality "Robin Woods C[ourt]" (see map detail below). It appears to have been inadvertently included twice in the long list of London street and place-names in the Compleat Compting-House Companion (1763). On checking the maps, the Companion's "Robin Hood court, Tooley street, Southwark" turns out to be identical with its "Robin Hood court, near Morgan's lane",[1] for during the time Battle Bridge was known under the more peaceful-sounding name of Mill Lane, Morgan's Lane was the next side street of Tooley Street towards the east. The same double entry is found in the New Complete Guide (1783).[2] This of course assumes that there is not somewhere in London yet another Robin Hood Court near another Morgan's Lane. Lockie in his Topography of London (1810) lists the the locality as "Robinhood-Court, Mill-Lane, Tooley-Street,—the second on the R. a few doors from 55, Tooley-st."[3]




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