The free spirited and lustful Friar Tuck was one of the most popular characters from the ballads of Robin Hood. This is one of a dozen streets that are named after the legend of Robin Hood, who was said to have been born in the unlocated Nottinghamshire village of Locksley. Before development of St Mary’s Cray in the 1940s, this area had woodlands called Robin Hood Shaw and Covert Wood. The outlaw who stole from the rich and gave to the poor became a popular folk figure in the Late Middle Ages with the earliest known ballads featuring him from the 15thCentury. Other roads in the cluster include Archer Road, Barnesdale Crescent, Hood Avenue and Marion Crescent.
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