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Robin Hood and Little John (Litlington)

Locality
Coordinates Near52.067222222222, -0.085
Adm. div. Cambridgeshire
Vicinity Litlington, 4.7 km NW of Royston
Type Public house
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1811
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Robin Hood and Little John.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12.

This inn located somewhere in the village of Litlington is first mentioned in 1811. It closed in c. 1910.[1] Its name is supposed to have been inspired by a local tradition that Robin Hood shot an arrow from the mound on Limlow Hill which, according to one version, landed in Litlington Chalk Pit and grew into a thorn tree. Another variation is that the arrow fell on Ermine Street c. 2.5 km away (apparently without growing into a thorn tree).

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The village inns [in Litlington] included the Robin Hood and Little John, recorded by 1811. [...] Named from a local fable that an arrow shot by Robin grew into a thorn tree at the village chalkpit, [...] it closed c. 1910.[2]

One source [Courcy-Ireland[3]] says that the arrow fell in the village chalk pit (now disused, [...] a few hundred metres across the road from the hill), and there grew into a thorn tree. By 1811 an inn (which closed in 1910) in the village had been named the Robin Hood & Little John, supposedly after this legend.[4]

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  1. British History Online: Litlington; web edition of: 'Parishes: Litlington', in: A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely, vol. 8 (1982), pp. 54-66.
  2. British History Online: Litlington; web edition of: 'Parishes: Litlington', in: A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely, vol. 8 (1982), pp. 54-66.
  3. Courcy-Ireland, Magens de. History of Abington Pigotts with Litlington: Churches & Parishes, with the Manors (Royston, 1944), p. 48. Not seen.
  4. Hidden East Anglia - Litlington.