Robin Hood and Little John (St Clement Danes)
|Coordinate||Near 51.513723, -0.113499|
|Adm. div.||Middlesex, now Greater London|
|Vicinity||South end of the Royal Courts of Justice|
|Interest||Robin Hood name|
|A.k.a.||Robin Hood; Robin Hood Tavern; Robinhood; Robinhood and Little John|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-06-20. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.
Also known as the Robin Hood (Tavern) and the Robinhood (and Little John), the Robin Hood and Little John was situated in a court on the north side of the stretch of the Strand where the main entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice now are. It was famous as the meeting place of the Robin Hood Society.
The present precincts of the Royal Courts of Justice were a warren of gutters and 'courts' in the mid-18th century. One such street, Newastle Court, evidently had a 'sub-court' named 'Robin Hood Court' after the public house. The members of the Societie for Free and Candyd Enquirie, established in 1613, had met for their weekly debating nights first at members' homes, later at a public house in Essex Street before finally moving to the Robin Hood in 1747, and thereupon adopting the new or alternative name of the Robin Hood Society. While IRHB has as yet found no reference to this pub older than 1747, it is clear from accounts of the debating society that the pub was already well-established when it moved there.
From the Whitehall Evening Post.
Whereas an Advertisement was published in the Whitehall Evening-Post, on Thursday last, intimating that a Court of Common Sense would be held on Monday the 28th of this Instant, at the Sign of the Robin-Hood in the Butcher Row, for my Trial, requiring all Archbishops &c. to make strict Search for me, &c. with a Promise of clear Stage and all Favour: This is to give Notice, That as I never was fond of Them, so I never will be found of Them, not expecting any more Favour from a Gang of Robertsmen, assembled in the Butcher-Row, than from a Portuguese or Spanish Inquisition; but am resolved to abscond and hide myself till the Commencement of the Grand Milennium, when I will make a full Display of myself, like the Day spring from on High, and will mount the Shoulders of wicked Will. Wh–st–n, who shall carry me Headlong to Jerusalem, when I shall be found of all Men. CHRISTIANITY
N. B. The above Advertisement being sent on Saturday, was too late to be inserted in this Paper.
- 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.
- Anonymous. The History of the Robinhood Society. In which the Origin of that Illustrious Body of Men is traced; the Method of managing their Debates is shewn; the Memoirs of the Various Members that compose it are given; and some Original Speeches, as Specimens of their Oratorical Abilities, are recorded (London, 1764), pp. vii, xii, 3, 40, 91, 117
- Castro, J. Paul de. 'Principal London Coffee-Houses, Taverns, and Inns in the Eighteenth Century', Notes & Queries, Series 12, vol. VI (1920), pp. 125-27; see p. 127 s.n. Robin Hood Tavern.
- Locating London's Past (John Rocque's 1746 Map of London)
- Edward Stanford's Library Map of London (1862-71), Westminster section
- 25" O.S. map London (1915- Numbered sheets) V.10 (1936; rev. 1914)
- 25" O.S. map London (1915- Numbered sheets) V.10 (1936; rev. 1914) (georeferenced)
- 6" O.S. map Middlesex XVII (1880-82; surveyed 1868-73)
- 6" O.S. map Surrey III (1880; surveyed 1868-73)
- 6" O.S. map London VII.SW (1894-96; rev. 1893-95)
- 6" O.S. map Surrey III.NW (1898; rev. 1893-95)
- 6" O.S. map Surrey III.NW (1898; rev. 1893-95) (georeferenced)
- 6" O.S. map London Sheet K (1920; rev. 1913-14)
- 6" O.S. map London Sheet K (c. 1946; rev. 1938).
- St Clement Danes place-name cluster
- Places named after Little John
- Robinhood place-names
- Public houses named after Robin Hood.
- Anonymous. The History of the Robinhood Society. In which the Origin of that Illustrious Body of Men is traced; the Method of managing their Debates is shewn; the Memoirs of the Various Members that compose it are given; and some Original Speeches, as Specimens of their Oratorical Abilities, are recorded (London, 1764), pp. vii, 117.
- Pythagoras. '[Untitled advertisement]', Salisbury and Winchester Journal (1751.02.04), p. 2
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The Robin Hood and Little John was probably located in or quite near 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.