Robin Hood, West Yorkshire

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Robin Hood
Robin Hood is located in West Yorkshire
Robin Hood
Robin Hood
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE325275
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWAKEFIELD
Postcode districtWF3
Dialling code0113
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
AmbulanceYorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
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UK
England
Yorkshire
53°44′N 1°30′W / 53.73°N 1.50°W / 53.73; -1.50Coordinates: 53°44′N 1°30′W / 53.73°N 1.50°W / 53.73; -1.50

Robin Hood is a village in West Yorkshire, England, within the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, with Wakefield WF3 postcodes. It is on the A61 between Leeds and Wakefield, close to Rothwell and Lofthouse.

It forms part of the Ardsley and Robin Hood ward of Leeds City Council and the Morley and Outwood parliamentary constituency.

History[edit]

Robin Hood

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 and commercial development in recent years.

Football club[edit]

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[edit]

The village has a suspected link with the medieval folk hero Robin Hood as some of the original legends do mention an "Outwoods" (quite possibly the Outwood of Wakefield nearby) and the original legends also mention a "Stane Lea" (potentially 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.[1]

Notable former residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ For more information, see: "The Robin Hood Handbook" by Mike Dixon-Kennedy 2006

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