Located on Castle Road in Nottingham, England, this 7ft statue of Robin Hood stands on a two-and-a-half ton block of white Clipsham stone. Cast in eight pieces of half-inch thick bronze (ostensibly made to last for 6,000 years), and weighing half a ton, the statue was unveiled by the Duchess of Portland on July 24th 1952.
Businessman and benefactor Philip E F Clay, gifted the statue to Nottingham in order to commemorate the city’s famous folk hero. In 1949, Clay commissioned the respected Royal Academy sculptor James Woodford to design and make the Robin Hood statue, at a cost of £5,000.
Woodford meticulously researched the details for his subject, creating a stocky-built figure that depicted how the historians believed medieval foresters from the period would have looked. This proved controversial with some people, who expected a more lithe Errol Flynn-like figure, with a triangular felt hat. But there was common agreement that Robin, as a quintessential outsider, should be on the outside of the castle, aiming his bow at the Establishment.