Robin Hood Court (St Clement Danes)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate Near 51.513741, -0.113456
Adm. div. Middlesex, now Greater London
Vicinity Southern end of the Royal Courts of Justice
Type Thoroughfare
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1763
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Robin Hood Court (St Clement Danes).
Robin Hood Court was located in or adjacent to the area now occupied by the Royal Courts of Justice / Google Earth Street View.
Robin Hood Court was situated in the area indicated by the red arrow / Adapted from Richard Horwood's Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster (1792-99) at Romantic London.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-06-23. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.

Robin Hood Court, named after a public house that once existed there, was located a little north-east of the church of St Clement Danes in an area now occupied by the Royal Courts of Justice. It is noted in mid-18th to early 19th century topographical reference works on London.

Robin Hood Court is included in a list of localities in the Compleat Compting House Companion (1763).[1] Lockie in his Topography of London (editions of 1810 and 1813) notes a 'Robinhood-Court, Newcastle-Court, Strand,—the first on the L., a few yards from Picket-st. or the Strand, near Temple-bar' (see Gazetteers below). 'Picket Street' was then the name of the Strand on the north side of the church of St Clement Danes.[2] The stretch of the Strand where the main entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice now is was then known as Butcher Row. On John Rocque's Map of London (1746), Newcastle Court court can bee seen running NNW from Butcher Row.[3] Lockie's directions seem to indicate that Robin Hood Court was on the left side of Newcastle court, coming from Butcher Row (The Strand). Based on this, I believe the yard indicated on the detail of Horwood's map below is the one he referred to.

In or adjacent to Robin Hood Court was found the Robin Hood and Little John (St Clement Danes), a pub which achieved some fame as the meeting place of the Robin Hood Society. There was another Robin Hood Court on the north side of the Strand, for this see Robin Hood Court (St Martin-in-the-Fields).





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