Robin Hood (Ramsgate)

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Coordinate 51.335625, 1.419434
Adm. div. Kent
Vicinity 25 Frederick Street, now Hardres Street
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1858
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Hardres Street, formerly Frederick Street, where the Robin Hood was situated.
25 Hardres (formerly Frederick) Street / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-11-05. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-02-13.

The Robin Hood on Hardres Street, then named Frederick Street, in Ramsgate is recorded only in the period 1858-61.

Pub Wiki lists the pub with a Thomas Haywood as publican, citing Melvilles Directory (1858) as source.[1] A website with historical information on Kent public houses[2] adds a single reference, a notice of 'Ramsgate Petty Sessions' in a regional newspaper, dated 23 Nov. 1861, according to which Thomas Hayward was fined for selling beer before noon on a Sunday (or at least outside opening hours).[3]

IRHB can add a little bit to this, though nothing that extends the known period of existence of the pub. The 1861 census of Ramsgate includes the pub as 'Robin Hood', citing it as number 105 of the schedule and with the address 25 Frederick Street. Often the census records give only a schedule number, which cannot with any certainty be interpreted as a street number, but here we get a bona fide street number, distinct from the number of schedule. The household consisted of Thomas Haywood (46, occupation listed as brewhouse labourer), his wife Jane (36), son Henry (13), mother-in-law Jane Heyburn (85), and niece Jane Heywood (15).[4] The pub does not appear to be incuded in other censuses, but we may add that comparing an 1849 map of Ramsgate with more recent ones shows that Frederick Street is now named Hardres Street.[5]

The coordinate cited in the infobox and indicated on the interactive map is that of the present 25 Hardres Street. This is also shown in a photo included on this page. However, just as the name of the street has changed, its numbering and layout may also have undergone changes in the course of time, so it is of course not certain that 25 Frederick Street was located at this exact spot. In fact a former shop situated c. 10 metres to the northeast, on the corner of Hardres and Brunswick streets, looks rather more promising (see image gallery below), but without further record or map evidence the exact location cannot be established with any certainty.


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  1. 1861 Census of Kent, Piece 00536, Image 00334, #105, at The Genealogist (£).
  2. Kent's Public House Archive Site: Robin Hood, Frederick Street, Ramsgate
  3. Anonymous. 'Ramsgate Petty Sessions', The Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser (23 Nov. 1861), p. 4.
  4. 1861 Census of Kent, Piece 00536, Image 00334, #105, at The Genealogist (£). The transcription at The Genealogist cites the mother-in-law's age as 15, which is hardly possible. The correct reading is 85, which is at least somewhat unusual in view of her daughter's being 36.
  5. 1849 map of Ramsgate, see fifth tile from top.

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