Robin Hood (Leather Lane, Holborn)
|Adm. div.||Middlesex, now Greater London|
|Vicinity||c. 180 m E. of Grays Inn Road|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
|A.k.a.||Robin Hood and Little John|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-01-21. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-02-06.
The Robin Hood or Robin Hood and Little John in Leather Lane existed from at least 1767 to 1910. The street number has varied. First the pub was at No. 8, then 9 and by 1895 No. 10 Leather Lane, but it is not clear if the pub in fact moved or the changes in street number had other reasons. Information on publicans gleaned from trade directories etc. from the period 1767–1910 can be found at UK Pub History (see Sources section below).
[19 Sep. 1767:]
[...] Thomas Bird was indicted for stealing a sattin cardinal, value 20 s. the property of Mary Kirby, widow, Aug. 6.
Mary Kirby. I live at the Robinhood, Leather-lane; I lost a sattin cardinal out of the parlour; I did not miss it till the 7th of August; the prisoner was in the house on the 6th in the morning, but I did not see him; he was taken up the same day three doors from us, upon suspicion of robbing a room at Dobney's; I missing my cardinal, and knowing the prisoner had been before Justice Girdler, and a cardinal had been brought there, and no body owned it, I went to the pawnbroker, named Careless, in Fox-court; there I found my cardinal in pawn.
William Cullen. I am servant to Mr. Careless in Fox-court; the prisoner pledged a cardinal with me on the 6th of August, in his own name for 7 s. about seven in the morning; (produced and deposed to by prosecutrix.)
John Woolse. I keep the Robinhood in Leather-lane; the prisoner came to my house between six and seven in the morning of the 6th of August, along with two more; they called for some bread and cheese and beer; I heard the prisoner own, before the Justice, the cardinal was taken before the second pot was drawn, but did not say he took it.
I had been out, and coming back, I met two men, one had a bundle; they wanted to get some beer; I took them in at Mr. Woolfe's; we had some beer: I went home, which is but two doors off; when I came to them again, the beer was almost cut; one of them beckoned me to the door, and asked me if any pawnbroker was up; I told him yes; I took him into Fox-court, Gray's inn-lane; there he asked me to go and pledge either a cardinal or a gown; I took the cardinal, and pledged it for 7 s. and gave him the money; he went back and paid the reckoning, which came to 1 s. and a halfpenny.
Woolfe. The prisoner went out three times, but they did not all depart the house till the reckoning was paid; one of the others went out once.
Martha Pain. He lodged at the Gridiron, Gray's inn-lane, four years and a half, where I am servant; he always behaved himself very well there.
- 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.
- Edward Stanford's Library Map of London (1862-71), Bloomsbury section.
- 25" O.S. map London XXVI (1936; rev. 1914)
- 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.SW (1894-96; rev. 1893-95)
- 6" O.S. map Surrey III.NW (1898; rev. 1893-95)
- 6" O.S. map London sheet K (1920; rev. 1913-14)
- 6" O.S. map London sheet K (c. 1946; rev. 1938).
- Grays Inn Road place-name cluster
- Places named after Little John
- Public houses named after Robin Hood.
- UK Pub History: Robin Hood, 9 Leather Lane, Holborn.
- Proceedings of the Old Bailey: Thomas Bird, Theft > grand larceny, 9th September 1767.
- For 1767 also see 1767 Record below. Also see the following pages at UK Pub History: The London 1839 Public House & Publican Directory - as listed in London 1839 Pigots Directory - R3; London 1841 Public House & Publican Directory - R3; The London 1842 Robsons Public House & Publican Directory - R2; London 1856 Public House & Publican Directory - R2; London 1869 Public House & Publican Directory - R2; The London 1884 Public House & Publican Directory - R2; The London 1891 Public House & Publican Directory.; The London 1899 Public House & Publican Directory - R3; London publicans in 1910 - Post Office directory R3.