ROBIN HOOD’S STATUE IN NOTTINGHAM: FOR 70 YEARS ONE OF THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED PLACES IN THE “CITY OF REBELS”

In Nottingham, for exactly 70 years, there has been a must for sightseeing in the city. It is near the Castle, in the garden on the left under the walls. Here, exactly in July 1952, the statue of the legendary hero of Nottingham was inaugurated: Robin Hood. It is unthinkable to be in Nottingham and not admire the monument dedicated to the protagonist of many medieval adventures that made Nottingham famous all over the world as the “city of rebels”, as the beautiful exhibition at the ancient Castle itself tells.

Cast in eight pieces of half-inch thick bronze (made to last 6,000 years), the 7ft tall effigy proudly stands in a traditional archer’s pose on a two and a half ton block of white Clipsham stone. The statue was originally intended to mark the visit to Nottingham by Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1949 but it was not unveiled until 1952, when the Duchess of Portland performed the ceremony.

The Robin Hood Statue has inevitably become a popular location for tourists to take photos. Also on my recent visit, with Marysia Zipser’s ACT friends, it was a must. And in front of the statue of Robin Hood, the Lord Mayor, David Trimble, was waiting for us. There was no better place to welcome us.

Over the years, several attempts have been made to move the statue inside the Castle walls, but it was always overwhelmingly agreed that it should be freely accessible to the general public. So, for almost 70 years, the statue of Robin Hood has remained outside the Castle, continuing to spread a message of loyalty, justice, civic sense and social solidarity. In short, the modern “rebellion”. #nottingham #welovenotts #robinhood

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A Nottingham, esattamente da 70 anni, c’è un luogo che è una meta imperdibile per chi visita la città. Si trova nei pressi del Castello medievale, nel giardino a sinistra sotto le mura. Qui, esattamente nel luglio del 1952, fu inaugurata la statua del leggendario eroe di Nottingham: Robin Hood. Impensabile trovarsi a Nottingham e non ammirare il monumento dedicato al protagonista di tante avventure medievali che hanno reso Nottingham famosa in tutto il mondo come la “città dei ribelli”, così racconta la bella mostra “Rebellion” presso l’antico Castello. Anche oggi la statua continua a diffondere un messaggio di lealtà, giustizia, senso civico e solidarietà sociale. Insomma, una moderna e positiva “ribellione”.

2 pensieri riguardo “ROBIN HOOD’S STATUE IN NOTTINGHAM: FOR 70 YEARS ONE OF THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED PLACES IN THE “CITY OF REBELS”

    1. Yes, you are right! Robin Hood belongs to the collective imagination of all generations. It is always a great thrill to be in Nottingham and stand in front of his statue. Now in the halls of the ancient Castle, there is a very interesting exhibition, entitled “Rebellion”. A journey into the character of a city and Robin’s fame!

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