Robin Hood Farm (Kingston-upon-Thames)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 51.427994, -0.245627
Adm. div. Surrey, now Greater London
Vicinity On Wimbledon Common
Type Thoroughfare
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Extant
First Record 1874
A.k.a. Robin Hood Ride
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Site of Robin Hood Farm (Kingston-upon-Thames).
Site of Robin Hood Farm / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-01-13. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-13.

Robin Hood Farm was located at the bottom of Robin Hood Lane in Kingston Vale, immediately east of Robin Hood Way. The earliest reference I have is a 6" O.S. map of the area published in 1899 (see Maps section below).


1911 - Proceedings of the Old Bailey (2)

[10 Oct. 1911:]
GEORGE STEEL, laborer, Brook Cottage, Robin Hood Farm. About 8.45 p.m. on August 1 I was in a field in Robin Hood Lane when male prisoner came into the field and asked me the way to Wimbledon Common. I went outside and directed him and then I saw the female prisoner. She had something in her arms wrapped up in a white shawl. Prisoners went off together in the direction of the brook.

THOMAS FROST, laborer, 11, Florence Terrace, Kingston. On August 1 about 9 p.m. I was on Beverley Bridge with two friends, when I heard screams coming from the direction of Beverley Brook. I ran to the spot and found a naked baby lying on its back in the centre of the stream screaming. The water was about six inches deep. I called to a Mrs. Blenheim, living close by, and handed the child to her. I afterwards pointed out the spot to a detective. Photographs produced show the place.

Cross-examined by Mr. Rantoul. When I first heard the cries I was about fifty yards away. I think the baby was in danger because in its struggles its head went under the water. The brook is deeper at the sides. This is a favorite walk and on a fine summer night there would be a lot of people passing. Passers-by could not have helped hearing the cries. Where the child was lying the water was not deep enough to cover its body.

Cross-examined by Mr. Shearman. When the baby was found I was there with two friends and Mrs. Brenham's cottage is close by the brook.

Mrs. CAROLINE BLENHEIM, Brook Cottage, Robin Hood Farm. My cottage is about fifty yards from the brook. On August 1 I heard someone calling and ran to the brook and saw a child struggling in the water, screaming. Its head was above water. Last witness handed me the baby and I took it home, wrapped it in blankets, and sent for the police.[1]



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