Robin Hood and Little John (Ipswich)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Locality
Coordinate 52.061302, 1.172618
Adm. div. Suffolk
Vicinity 291 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1871
A.k.a. Robin Hood & Little John
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The former Robin Hood & Little John.
The former Robin Hood & Little John / Google Earth Street View

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-11-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-11-21.

The Robin Hood & Little John on 291 Woodbridge Road was in existence by 1871 and at least as late as 1903.

Information on publicans and residents for the years 1871-1901 can be found at Pub Wiki.[1] The Suffolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale lists the pub as '[c]losed about 1926', noting that '[t]his was listed as a pub in the Borough Police licensed premises register 1903-1923, so evidently closed after 1923. It was not listed as a beer retailer in the 1932 Kelly's Directory, so closed before then'.[2] No evidence is given for the approximate date 'about 1926'. While IRHB has not consulted the register of licensed houses in Ipswich 1903-23, it seems unlikely that it should include only pubs that were in business throughout those years. Surely any pub that had a license during part or all of the period would have been included. All that can be concluded is therefore that the pub still existed during (part or all of) 1903. The pub is not included in the 6" O.S. maps listed below. However, it is included (labelled 'P.H.') on the two earliest 25" maps, the latest of which was published in 1904, incorporating revisions made during 1902-1903. There is therefore no evidence that the pub existed later than 1903. However, the building(s) on the western corner of Woodbridge and Belvedere roads (291 A and B Woodbridge Road) still exist.

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