Robin Hood, West Yorkshire
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Robin Hood is a village in West Yorkshire, England, within the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, with Wakefield WF3 postcodes. It is part of the Ardsley and Robin Hood ward, and in the new Morley and Outwood parliamentary constituency. It is on the A61 between Leeds and Wakefield, close to Rothwell and Lofthouse.
It was in origin a coal-mining community, its mines at their peak employing several hundred underground workers for the firm J&J Charlesworth, but the last mine closed in the 1960s. There has been considerable residential development in recent years.
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Robin Hood Athletic football club were crowned division one champions of the West Yorkshire football association league 2013–14 and will play in the premier division from season 2014–15. The team play from the Coach Ground located just behind public house the Coach and Horses.
The folk hero connection
The village has a suspected link with the medieval folk hero Robin Hood as some of the original legends do mention an "Outwoods" (most likely the Outwood of Wakefield nearby) and the original legends also mention a "Stane Lea" (the nearby village of Stanley). Also, most of the original Robin Hood ballads have him operating in and around Barnsdale forest which is close to Wakefield and surrounding areas.
Notable former residents
- For more information, see: "The Robin Hood Handbook" by Mike Dixon-Kennedy 2006
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