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Robin Hood (Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford)

Coordinates 51.753333333333, -1.2655555555556
Adm. div. Oxfordshire
Vicinity Hythe Bridge Street (formerly Rewley Lane), Oxford
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1830
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Hyth Bridge Street (formerly Rewley Lane), where the Robin Hood was located.
Hythe Bridge Street (formerly Rewley Lane), Oxford, where the Robin Hood was located / Photo: Google Earth.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-06-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-16.

An 1830 trade directory lists this as a tavern or public house in "Ruly lane", i.e. Rewley Lane, the proprietor an Elizabeth Bossom. An 1846 trade directory has the pub at Hythe Bridge Street.[1] The pub had not moved. Sometime between 1830 and 1846 Rewley Lane was renamed Hythe Bridge Street.[2]

From 1846 to 1869 a William Bossom is listed as publican,[3] and in 1881 a George Browning; in 1901 the proprietor was Henry Fosters, Licensed Victualler; in 1903 Frederick Shelton, Beer Retailer.[4]



Maps of Oxford, focused on Holywell. The Robin Hood is not indicated.


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  1. See Oxford History: Pigot's 1830 Directory: Oxford: Trades: T; Oxford History: Oxford inns and hotels in 1846.
  2. See Wood, Anthony; Clark, Andrew, ed. Survey of the Antiquities of the City of Oxford, composed in 1661-6 (Oxford Historical Society, vols. 15, 17, 37) (Oxford, 1889-99), vol. I, p. 332; Gelling, Margaret; Stenton, Doris Mary, compil. The Place-Names of Oxfordshire (English Place-Name Society, vols. XXIII, XXIV) (Cambridge, 1953-54), pt. I, p. 42.
  3. Hunt & Co's Oxford Directory, 1846 (Oxford History: Oxford inns and hotels in 1846); Oxford History: Gardner’s 1852 Directory: Oxford: Hotels, Inns, &c.; Robin Hood, Rewley Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire (1863, 1869); Rewley Road confused with R. Road. Slater, Isaac, compil. Slater's (Late Pigot & Co.) Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of the Counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, and Suffolk. Comprising Classified Lists of the Merchants, Bankers, Professional Gentlemen, Manufacturers and Traders, in the Above Counties, also of the Nobility, Gentry and Clergy; together with Alphabetical Lists of the Inhabitants of the Larger and more Populous Towns; with Historical Sketches of Each County, Town and Village. An Account of Every Conveyance by Rail, Road and Water: the Postal Regulations of Each Place, and a Variety of Miscellaneous Information. The Bankers of the United Kingdom with Their Branches, are appended to the Directory. The work is embellished with beautiful county maps, upon which is conspicuously laid down every railway (Manchester and London, 1850). p. 34 of the Oxfordshire section.
  4. Robin Hood, Rewley Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire.