Marion Crescent, BR5

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Maid Marion was the love interest of the Robin Hood ballads and was a popular character in May Games festivities that took place in most towns and villages throughout the Middle Ages. Today she is generally portrayed as a noble woman but that wasn’t always the case, having started off as a commoner, she rose in status as did her Lincoln green clad beau. This is one of a dozen streets that’s name is inspired by the legend of Robin Hood, who was said to have been born in the unlocated Nottinghamshire village of Locksley. Before the 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 and Hood Avenue.

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