Following our day out in Liverpool, we had another outing, this time to Nottingham. Outside the walls of Nottingham Castle we came across a statue of Robin Hood.
Robin Hood was a heroic outlaw in English folklore, a highly skilled archer and swordsman. Although not part of his original character, since the begining of the 19th century he has become known for "robbing from the rich and giving to the poor", assisted by a group of fellow outlaws known as his "Merry Men". Traditionally, Robin Hood and his men are depicted wearing Lincoln green clothes. The origin of the legend is claimed by some to have stemmed from actual outlaws, or from ballads or tales of outlaws.
Robin Hood became a popular folk figure in the period continuing through to modern literature, films and television. In the earliest sources, Robin Hood is a yeoman, but he was often later portrayed as an aristocrat wrongfully dispossessed of his lands and made into an outlaw by an unscrupulous sheriff.
The statue was cast in bronze by former Nottingham School of Art student James Woodford, a Royal Academy artist, at his studio in Hampstead.
It was given to the City by Nottingham businessman Philip Clay and unveiled on July 24, 1952 by the Duchess of Portland of Welbeck Abbey.