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Marian Lodge (Little Gaddesden)

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Coordinates 51.807687, -0.557866
Adm. div. Hertfordshire
Vicinity Nettleden Road, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamstead
Type Building
Interest Robin Hood name?
Status Extant
First Record 1908
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Marian Lodge.
Robin Hood House, once an inn – the Robin Hood – then a private residence, now a privately owned and run dementia care home (photo from company website).

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-09-22. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-09-22.

Robin Hood House was originally a village pub, the Robin Hood, but was subsequently converted into a private residence and greatly expanded. It now functions as a dementia care home, owned and run by Benslow Care Homes.

As can be seen on the Google map of the county on the page on Hertfordshire place-names, Robin Hood House is just outside the historical Hertford­shire/Bucking­ham­shire border according to the boundary data provided by the Historic Counties Trust. I follow the Victoria County Historywhich includes it in Hertfordshire (1908).[1] It is certainly now in Hertfordshire.[2]


Following the high road north from Hemel Hempstead may be seen near the beginning of the village Robin Hood House, a large old house of timber and stucco. It was once the Robin Hood village public-house, but has been greatly added to, and is now the residence of Mr. Alexander Murray-Smith.[3]

Robin Hood House, originally an inn, stands at the end of the village, ¾ mile S. of the church. It is a two-storeyed building with attics, and is covered with cement; the roofs are tiled. It is probably of the 17th century, but the only old features now visible are some beams in the ceilings and some flat, shaped balusters in a staircase leading from the first floor to the attics.





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