Records 1601-1700 (texts)
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-05-04. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.
The following 14 records are found for the period 1601-1700:
House in Oxford streete near Robin Hoodes elme 20s [...] [tenant and occupier] Bridgett Spittle widdowe her house
[... p. 38: ...]
Tenement in Oxford streete near Robbine Hooddes elme 1½d [...] [tenant] Thomas Browne alderman [...] wherein John Ackly dwelleth
[... p. 40: ...]
House by Robin Hooddes elme in Oxford streete 12d [...] [tenant and occupier] John Tomlins
One (cot and two) other closes of pasture lying between the said woods and Robbinhoodes Well, in the occupation of Richard Hanton
|Of widdowe White for an ould asshe digged upp at Symon Colliers dore and for the lopp of twoe other litle trees thereby||0 7 0|
|Of Thomas Love for the shrewde of the trees in the almeshouse backside and of the tree before the almeshouse dore||0 25 0|
|Of Thomas Heathen and Richard Reade for the shrewde of Robbine Whodes elme in Oxford Street||0 26 0|
|[...] Of WIlliam Holloway gent for the shrewde of the elme before Mr Brownes dores||0 6 8|
|Of Merriall Tayler for the shrewde of a litle elme before Thomas Gees dore||0 2 6|
|Of William Archer for the shrewde of the elme at John Lowes the coopers dore||0 15 0|
Robin Hood's Acre, A.D. 1624-5; [...] Probably near Robin Hood or S. Ann's Well.
1625, Good Friday, April 15.
Memorandum, the Companie are allsoe agreed to hould theire meetinge att Robyn Hood well on Monday nexte, accordinge to the antient Custome.
Imprimis Great Haggas Croft (pasture) lying near
Robin Hood's Bower & invironed with Loxley
Firth & Cont. 1—2—27
Item little Haggas Croft (pasture) wherein is ye
foundacion of an house or Cottage where Robin
Hood was borne this piece is Compassed about
with Loxley flirth [sic!] & Cont. 00—2—13
Item Bower wood lying betweene Loxley firth East
& ye lands of Mr Eyre in part west & Cont. 4—1—5
Item Bower field (arable) lying betweene ye last
piece East & ye lands of Mr Eyre North & west
& Loxley firth South & Cont. 2—1—5
|Of Bartholomew Love for the lopp of Robbin Hoodes elme 18s and for 7 asshes sould out of Forrestes backside 36s. For the shrewde of the trees 5s. nexte to Richardsons house neere the hollowaye.||2 19 0|
Robert Scott, lord's tenant, testified that Robert Simpson of East Ardisley on 1 May 1651 surrendered into the lord's hands personally a close of land called Robin Hood Street close with appurtenances near the Outwoodside of Wakefeld then occupied by William Gamble: to the use of Elizabeth Harrison, wife of John Harrison of Stanley, and her assigns for the term of her life at an annual rent of 15s payable to [p. 3:] Robert Simpson or his heirs...at Pentecost and Martinmas by even portions. Should the rent, or any part of it, fall into arrears by 14 days after being due, if lawfully required, Robert Simpson or his heirs...might enter to distrain until the rent and arrears were recovered. Agreed, by customary rents and services: entry fine [blank].
Swearing. 3rd of June, '57. md, That Elizabeth the wife of Tho: Williams of Robbin Hood hill in Wakefeild Outt Wood, was conuicted before me for the p[ro]phane swearing of two Oathes upon the Oath of Will. Cassan, constable of Stanley.
John Hopkinson, lord's tenant, testified that Thomas Fleminge, gen, in consideration of £20 paid to him in advance on 1 February last surrendered into the lord's hands personally and quit claimed to John Wingfeild, gen, son and heir of Ferdinando Wingfeild, gen, deceased, now in seisin, all interest title claim and demand ... in that close of land meadow or pasture at le Outwoodside of Wakefeld between the land lately of the said Thomas Fleminge called Robin hood Close also all that other close of land meadow or pasture called Cow Close at le Outwoodside of Wakefeld at a lord's rent of 2s 3d under composition, with all ways passages waters watercourses easements profits commodities emoluments and hereditaments ... John Wingfeild gave the lord a fine of 6d to enrol this quit claim. 
[...] in 1674 (and so at the present) the premises were let for about £44 per annum, as I received it from the several tenants viz.For the tenements next the street
I & 2, Two tenements in the west part of the building towards St. Peter's church in the possession of George Steynor, a sarjeant of the City, the yearly rent was £9
3. For the house adjoining to Steynors and on the left hand of the passage leading into the backside, then in the tenure of William Durling, boddyes-maker. £7
4. On the right side of the passage aforesaid one Michael Parker, a cooper, had the shop for which he paid £3
But the rest of the tenement lying behind the said shop was inhabited by one John Wigge, a shoemaker, for which he paid £5 [p. 351:]
5. For the tenement adjoining to the Cross Keys, wherein Robert Gardiner the city bell-man then dwelt and kept the sign of the Robbin Hood £7
[15 Jan. 1692:]
Anne Brodnix was tryed for being accessary to James Philips and Abraham Stacy in the Felony and Robbery they lately committed in the House of William Kent a Brewer, in Liquor-Pond-Street, in the Parish of St. Andrews Holbourn, on the 26th of December, which they confest upon their Arraignment. The chief Evidence was Griffith, who is before mentioned in the single Tryal of Stacy, who was with them at the Robbery which was done by himself: Philips, Stacy and Morris Moore, after they had compleated their Work, they went to the Robin Hood in Shoe-lane and then Griffith went and sold the Plate to Mrs. Brodnix the Prisoner for 34 l. 13 s. 9 d. part of which Money was paid him by the Prisoner's Order, and the Remainder was to be paid him when the Plate was melted down, which he afterwards received, and he said further, that he used to sell stolen Plate to the Prisoner, very frequently: The Prisoner denied the Charge against her, and said, she knew nothing of it; and would have called several Witnesses to prove her Reputation, which was not allowed of, because it was unnecessary in respect to the Law; for Philips and Stacy having confest their Indictment, she could not lie under any penalty, neither be found guilty upon that Indictment, so she was acquitted.
[12 Oct. 1692:]
James Lenon was Indicted for a Robbery in the High-way, Committed upon one Joshua Droaning in the Parish of Pancras near the Pinder of Wakefield, at a place call'd the Court of Guard, on the 17th of September last; There were two of them set upon him, the Prisoner and another who is fled, and took his Hat, his Peruke, his Sword, and his Breeches, and then lead him aside into the Field, and left him bound: The Prisoner denied the Fact, and called several good Evidence who proved he was in his Mother's Chamber from Six a Clock till Ten that Night the Robbery was done: So he was Acquitted.
[27 Feb. 1696:]
John Sharp, of the Parish of Saint Pancrass, Gent. was indicted for the Murther of Richard Champion on the 21st of January last, by giving him one mortal wound with a Rapier, value 2 s. 6 d. on the right Shoulder nigh the Collar-bone, of the breadth of one Inch, and of the depth of two Inches, of which he instantly died. The Evidence declared, That as he was going to work at the Pinder of Wakefield about Eight in the Morning, he did see two men with Swords drawn in the Fields take up their Hats and walk together, and that the Deceased had disarmed the Prisoner, and had both the Swords in his hand, and afterwards he gave the Prisoner his Sword again, and said, Damn him, he would kill him if be would not fight him; and that the Prisoner replied, that he had enough, and would yield him to be the better man; then the Deceased stept back, and to fighting they went, and the Prisoner gave him the aforesaid Wound, and did go backwards above twenty Yards, till he saw the Deceased drop, and then he endeavoured to run away; but being met by one of the Witnesses, he threw down his Sword, and said, that he would surrender himself and go before the next Justice of Peace. The Prisoner did alledge, That when he came out of the George Tavern in Little-Lincolns-Inn-Fields, that the Prisoner followed him into Lambs-Conduit Fields. The Jury found him guilty of Man-slaughter.
- Maslen, Marjorie, ed.; [Schwarz, Conny, transcr.]; [Day, Christopher, introd.] Woodstock Chamberlains' Accounts, 1609-50 (Oxford Record Society, vol. 58) (1993), pp. 31, 38, 40.
- Bankes, Richard; Mastoris, Stephanos, ed.; Groves, Sue, ed. Sherwood Forest in 1609: a Crown Survey (Thoroton Society, Record Series, vol. XL) (Nottingham, 1997), p. 67, item No. 584.
- Maslen, Marjorie, ed.; [Schwarz, Conny, transcr.]; [Day, Christopher, introd.] Woodstock Chamberlains' Accounts, 1609-50 (Oxford Record Society, vol. 58) (1993), p. 71.
- Stevenson, W.H.; Raine, James, transl.; Baker, W.T., ed.; Guilford, E.L., ed.; Gray, Duncan, ed.; Walker, V.W., ed. Records of the Borough of Nottingham, Being a Series of Extracts from the Archives of the Corporation of Nottingham (London; Nottingham, 1882-1956), vol. IV, p. 441.
- Stevenson, W.H.; Raine, James, transl.; Baker, W.T., ed.; Guilford, E.L., ed.; Gray, Duncan, ed.; Walker, V.W., ed. Records of the Borough of Nottingham, Being a Series of Extracts from the Archives of the Corporation of Nottingham (London; Nottingham, 1882-1956), vol. V, p. 102.
- Addy, Sidney Oldall. 'Robin Hood's Bower in Loxley', Transactions of the Hunter Archaeological Society, vol. II (1920-24), pp. 201-202, p. 201, citing: Harrison, John. An Exact and Perfect Survey and View of the Manor of Sheffield with Other Lands by John Harrison, 1637, transcr. and ed. James George Ronksley, introd. by R.E. Leader (Sheffield, 1908), p. 32.
- Maslen, Marjorie, ed.; [Schwarz, Conny, transcr.]; [Day, Christopher, introd.] Woodstock Chamberlains' Accounts, 1609-50 (Oxford Record Society, vol. 58) (1993), p. 184.
- Robinson, Lilian, ed.; Fraser, C. M., gen. ed. The Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield from 1651 to 1652 (The Wakefield Court Rolls Series of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, vol. VIII) (Leeds, 1990), pp. 2-3.
- Pickering, John; Lumb, G.D., ed. 'Justice's Note-Book of Captain John Pickering, 1656-60 [pt. I]', Publications of the Thoresby Society, vol. XI (1905), pp. 69-100, p. 88.
- Fraser, Constance M, ed. & gen. ed.; Emsley, Kenneth, ed. The Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield, from October 1664 to September 1665 (The Wakefield Court Rolls Series of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, vol. V) (Leeds, 1986), p. 53.
- Salter, H.E., ed. The Oxford Deeds of Balliol College (Oxford Historical Society, vol. LXIV) (Oxford, 1913), pp. 350-51.
- Proceedings of the Old Bailey: Anne Brodnix, Theft > receiving, 15th January 1692.
- Proceedings of the Old Bailey: James Lenon, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 12th October 1692.
- Proceedings of the Old Bailey: John Sharp, Killing > murder, 27th February 1696.