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Cross and Hand, Stivichale Lane

Cross Hands was originally a sign of unity and friendship. The Cross Hands at Cheltenham shows a highwayman with his hands crossed and a pistol in each. The Cross in Hands near Heathfield, East Sussex, dates from 1547 and is explained locally as a reference to Crusaders who met there on the way to Rye for embarkation to the Holy Land. Could the Cross and Hand refer to pilgrims to Coventry? This pub is referred to by Poole when he recounts the bounds of the parish of St. Michael's '.....so including all the park, and leaving Stivichale Field on the left-hand, so to the Cross and Hand near Stivichale Lane end (the grove outside the War Memorial Park).......'

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