Robin Hood (St Mary Cray)

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Coordinate 51.395622, 0.10681
Adm. div. Kent, now Greater London
Vicinity Corner of Chipperfield Road and Sayes Court Road: now named Scarlet Close
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1959
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The site of the Robin Hood.
The site of the Robin Hood, at Scarlet Close / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-12-25. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07. Includes information kindly contributed by Eric E. Rush.

There was a public house named the Robin Hood at the corner of Chipperfield and Sayes Court roads in St Mary Cray, the present address of the site being Scarlet Court.[1] While there is no evidence of this, it seems likely that the pub's name was inspired either by that of a long defunct pub of the same name in the area, Robin Hood at St Paul's Wood Hill, or that of Robin Hood Shaw c. 850 m to the north-northeast.

The pub is included in a (more recently compiled?) 'List of Wenlock Brewery Co. Ltd pubs' as of 1936.[2] However, Eric Rush, who hails from this area, tells me he does not remember it existing before the 1950s. He suggest 1959 as a likely year of establishment and notes that it had only one licensee during its existence.[3] Until someone can prove the latter statement wrong, IRHB accepts this date.

There is also some uncertainty as to when the pub closed. According to one site listing closed pubs this happened after 2000.[4] The excellent London Pubology cites the date 'c2000', while also noting that the pub was 'demolished c1992'.[1] However, the pub site's planning application historiography shows that applications to change the use from public house to offices etc. were sought and granted in 1991. These were withdrawn, but permission to demolish the existing buildings and construct 14 two-bedroom houses with associated parking spaces etc. was granted on 21 May 1992. Final details were only settled on 16 June 1993, but it seems possible demolition could have happened any time after 21 May 1992. As the permission was valid for five years, a new application would have been required if work had started after 21 May 1997 (or perhaps 16 June 1998), but clearly this was not the case.[5]

The following existing addresses are also referred to in the planning records: 61-63-65-67, 69, 71 and 73 Sayes Court Road, while the following new ones were created: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 Scarlet Close.[6] Did the pub buildings also occupy 61-73 Sayes Court Road?



The Robin Hood is not included in these maps.




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