Robin Hood and Little John (Walton Highway)

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Coordinate 52.6945, 0.2058
Adm. div. Norfolk
Vicinity On Lynn Road, Walton Highway, West Walton
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1861
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The Highway man, formerly Robin Hood and Little John..
Robin Hood and Little John have given way to the Highway Man / Google Earth Street View.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-09-24. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.

'Robin Hood and Little John' was the former name of a pub now named 'The Highway Man' in Walton Highway, West Walton, Norfolk, not far from the pre-1972 Cambridgeshire/Norfolk county boundary. According to the 1861 census as well as that of 1871, the publicans were then Robert and Elizabeth Gathergood.[1] Probably the name of the pub was already at that time 'Robin Hood and Little John'. It is found under this name on an 1887 O.S. 6" map of Norfolk. Later 6" O.S. maps indicate a public house but do not include its name. Richard Humphrey in the information provided with his 2010 photo (see Image Gallery below) notes that the Highway Man was "[f]ormerly called The Robin Hood".[2] I do not know when the pub lost its Robin Hood moniker, but there is a Facebook page – though without any contents – for the pub under its previous name, and as Facebook came online in 2004, this cannot have been very long before 2010.[3]




Public house indicated on all the maps, but the name 'Robin Hood & Little John' only on the 1887 Norfolk map.


Also see


  1. [Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network: Wisbech: The Robin Hood public house, Walton Highway.]
  2. Geograph: TF4913 : The Highwayman pub, Walton Highway.
  3. Facebook: Robin Hood and Little John Walton Highway.