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Robin Hood

Date of photo: 2015

Picture source: Colin Price


The Robin Hood was situated at High Hill Ferry and demolished in 2001 (see photo of site above).

Source: Colin Price

This was a prominent riverside pub, present by 1794.  It had its own fishery in the nineteenth century and operated the Robin Hood Ferry across the River Lea and later the Lee Navigation.  It was a Courage Brewery pub, with a popular riverside garden at the front and associations with the local rowing clubs. 
Stephen Harris (January 2011)
Report in Sporting Life 16.11.1898

Distribution of Prizes

The large saloon at the Robin Hood Tavern High Hill Ferry, Upper Clapton was filled to its utmost capacity on Saturday evening when prizes won during the season, given by Mr H W Clenshaw, the worthy host, were presented in due form.
In the course of the evening the chair was occupied by Messrs Geo Downes (Dalston Alberts R & A C), J Bossey (captain Lea Alliance R & A C), F Dennis (P R & A C), and other prominent supporters of aquatics.
Mr Ernest Lawrence played an overture fron “The Geisha” and the vocalists were H W Clenshaw “Tommy Atkins”; E Lawrence “Sweetheart when a Boy”; W Peck “Ladye Fair”; R Maloney “Lovely Night in June”; Geo Wilson “Shall I be an Angel, Daddy?”; Bert Hayward “Queen of the Earth”; J Pyne recited Shakespear’s “Seven Ages”; J Perryment “£50 staring me in the face”; J Negus “Dear Old Jack’.
The Vice-President, Mr H W Clenshaw, next distributed his prizes to various clubs as follows: Lea Alliance, Mr Sam Mason gold medal; Dalston Alberts Mr J Negus gold medal, Gladstone R C Arthur Verdon gold medal; Progressive R C Mr Geo Morris gold medal; New Lansdowne G Gannaway a Devonport writing desk; Carlyle R C £2 2s, Each prize was accompanied by appropriate remarks, and towards the close he reminded his hearers that a movement was on foot for the purpose of presenting Mr J Pyne, the secretary, with a testimonial for his valued services to the Association since its formation.
Harmony was resumed and continued until a late hour. An exceedingly pleasant evening terminated with “Old Lang Syne”.
David Seddon (September 2018)

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Name Dates Comments
Sandra Levy 1972-c.1984 I used to run pub with husband peter. Do you remember us ??? Get in touch
Alex Smith 1970s/1980s Used to be my local ,great pub,remember Sandra & peter.
Paul 1973/1979 I was a barman at the robin hood for six years, I have good memories of the pub and the customers, I wish you could find a pub like that nowadays, regards to any of the old customers or staff who knew me