Robin Hood Statue (Nottingham Castle)
|Vicinity||Nottingham Castle, Nottingham|
|A.k.a.||Robin Hood's Statue|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-04-13.
James Woodford's full-length Robin Hood statue with its two complementary bronze plaques, on the Castle Green, was a gift to Nottingham City from Philip E. F. Clay, Esq., on the occasion of a royal visit to Nottingham on 28 June 1949. The statuary was unveiled in 1952.
The Robin Hood statue is one of two major works by Nottingham sculptor James Woodford that can be seen in the city. He began work on the sculture in 1950 or 1951. Cast in eight pieces of bronze, the sculpture stands on a two and a half ton block of white Clipsham stone. The stockily built archer was meant to be a realistic representation of a medieval Englishman but has often been criticized for not living up to (anachronistic) expectations inspired by portrayals of the outlaw in films. The arrow Robin Hood shoots was repeatedly stolen, and eventually it was decided to leave the statue 'arrowless'.
- Dobson, R. B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 300-301.
- Nottingham Heritage Gateway: James Arthur Woodford by Dr Denise Amos
- Nottingham Sculpture Tour – (6) Robin Hood by James Woodford.
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.6 (1884; surveyed 1879–80)
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.6 (1901; rev. 1899) (georeferenced)
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.6 (1901; rev. 1899)
- 25" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.6 (1915; rev. 1913)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.NW (1885; surveyed 1880–81)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.NW (1901; rev. 1899) (georeferenced)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.NW (1901; rev. 1899)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.NW (1920; rev. 1919)
- 6" O.S. map Nottinghamshire XLII.NW (c. 1947; rev. 1938).
- Nottingham Wayfarers' Rambling Club; Price, Roland, introd. The Robin Hood Walks: A Comprehensive Guide to Walks in Robin Hood Country including the Third Edition of the Guide to the Full Route of Nottinghamshire's First Recreational Footpath, The Robin Hood Way (Leicester: Cordee, ©1994), pp. 4, 7 (map)
- Wikipedia: James Woodford.
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