Little John's Lane (Reading) (2)
|Vicinity||Between Sherwood Street and Oxford Road, Reading|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-11-17. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-16.
Through housing development during the 20th century the southern part of Little John's Lane, running roughly south-north from Oxford Road to Sherwood Street, has become detached from the part of Little John's Lane that continues north from Portman Road in Reading. Judging from Google Earth, it is still possible for a pedestrian (or perhaps a bicyclist not too concerned about traffic regulations) to follow, more or less closely, the course of the lane for much of its length, but there are now in reality two separate streets in Reading officially named 'Little John's Lane', as indicated on street signs. Why should the postman's life be easy?
I do not know when Little John's Lane became bi-, tri- or multi-sected, but the map evidence and the general look of the buildings in the area make it clear that this happened during the 20th century. The 25" O.S. map of the area published in 1934 (see Maps section below) includes separate labels for the south and north ends of the lane and also indicates a gate, fence or similar separating the two, but the lane is still essentially, as it were, in one piece, no part of its course being then blocked by buildings. See further Little John's Lane (Reading) (1).
- Not included in Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 293-311.
- Not included in Gelling, Margaret. The Place-Names of Berkshire (English Place-Name Society, vols. XLIX-LI) (Cambridge, 1973; [s.l.], 1974-76).
- 25" O.S. map Berkshire XXXVII.2 (1911; rev. 1910) (lane labelled)
- 25" O.S. map Berkshire XXXVII.2 (1934; rev. 1932) (n. and s. sects. of lane separately labelled)
- 6" O.S. map Berkshire XXXVII (1883; surveyed 1872-77) (lane shown, not labelled)
- 6" O.S. map Berkshire XXXVII.NW (1900; rev. 1898) (lane labelled)
- 6" O.S. map Berkshire XXXVII.NW (1900; rev. 1898) (georeferenced) (lane labelled)
- 6" O.S. map Berkshire XXXVII.NW (1914; rev. 1910) (lane shown, not labelled)
- 6" O.S. map Berkshire XXXVII.NW (c. 1935; rev. 1932) (lane shown, not labelled)
- 6" O.S. map Berkshire XXXVII.NW (c. 1944; rev. 1938) (lane shown, not labelled)