Robin Hood Inn (Smithfield)
|Vicinity||In Smithfield, c. 10 km NNE of Carlisle|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-02-21. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12.
In Smithfield, c. 10 km NNE of Carlisle, is found the Robin Hood Inn, a.k.a. the Robin Hood. The earliest record of it that I have found so far is a 6" O.S. map of the area published in 1868, based on surveying carried out in 1864 (see Maps section below). It has been suggested that the present red-brick building dates from the 1890's, but it is perhaps more likely to have been built in 1904. The pub has an entranceway complete with columns, pediment and entablature. Into the tympanum is carved the dates "A. D. 17 – 1904" ("18" is partly erased and looks more like "16") while the entablature has the inscription "ROBIN HOOD INN" (see photos on this page). These presumably came from an older building, so very likely the pub dates back to 1718. I do not know whether the two inscriptions – year and name – are coeval and so cannot rule out the possibility that the pub originally operated under another name but was later renamed the Robin Hood Inn. It is quite likely, but not certain, that the Robin Hood dates back to 1718.
- 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.
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XI (1868; surveyed 1864)
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XI.SW (1901; surveyed 1899)
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XI.SW (1926; surveyed 1924)
- 6" O.S. map Cumberland XI.SW (1951; surveyed 1945).
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Robin Hood Inn, Smithfield / Adrian Taylor, 2006; Creative Commons; Geograph.
Inscription above the entranceway / The Carlisle Kid; Creative Commons; Geograph (click to enlarge).