Pindar Street (Broadgate)
|Adm. div.||Middlesex, now Greater London|
|Vicinity||Between Clifton and Primrose streets; Broadgate; N of Liverpool Street Station|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-06-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.
Pindar Street in the Broadgate neighbourhood used to be somewhat longer as it continued in parallel with Primrose Street to Bishopsgate. Until some time in the late 19th or early 20th century it was named Skinner Street (see Maps below), and until 1884 if not later it was home to a pub named the Robin Hood. The new street name may refer to the Pindar of Wakefield, the Greek poet Pindar or, of course, someone else named Pindar. We are in a period when street and other place-names no longer arose organically from local use, so it is far from impossible that some high-ranking official with fond memories of his Greek classes chose this name. On the other hand, since no streets in the neighbourhood are named after Greek poets, it is also a realistic possibility that the name commemorates the popular hero.
- 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.
- 25" O.S. map London (1915- Numbered sheets) V.11 (1916; rev. 1914)
- 25" O.S. map London (1915- Numbered sheets) V.11 (1916; rev. 1914) (georeferenced)
- 6" O.S. map Middlesex XVII (1880-82; surveyed 1868-73)
- 6" O.S. map Surrey III (1880; surveyed 1868-73)
- 6" O.S. map London VII.SE (1894-96; rev. 1893-94)
- 6" O.S. map Surrey III.NW (1898; rev. 1893-95)
- 6" O.S. map Surrey III.NW (1898; rev. 1893-95) (georeferenced)
- 6" O.S. map London Sheet K (1920; rev. 1913-14)
- 6" O.S. map London Sheet K (c. 1946; rev. 1938).