Locksley Place

Named for a character in Sir Walter Scott’s 1819 novel Ivanhoe. Although several streets in Silver Lake were christened in 1887 after Ivanhoe and other Scott works, Locksley was a late addition: it appeared in Silver Lake in 1922 and in the Hollywood Hills in 1923. These two Locksleys are over three miles apart, and while it seems absurd that the City of L.A.’s civil engineers would have deemed them “parallel” enough to share the same name, they were pulling this exact same nonsense with Hollywood streets like Carlton and Harold in 1924, so who knows? At any rate, one of Ivanhoe‘s big twists is that Locksley, a skilled archer, turns out to be – spoiler alert! – the one and only Robin Hood. Although the legend of Robin Hood had existed for centuries, Ivanhoe did much to influence modern depictions of the character.