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Cross Keys, 16 Earl Street

This is a common sign in Christian heraldry, referring to St Peter, to whom Jesus said, 'I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven'. The papal arms show crossed keys and they occur again in the arms of various bishops such as those of Exeter, Gloucester, Peterborough, Ripon and St Asaph where the cathedral in each case is dedicated to St Peter. It is claimed that this pub is referred to as 'Le Cross Keys' in a fourteenth century manuscript, but unfortunately we have been unable to confirm this. The earliest reference we have been able to find is in a will of 1720 In 1870 this was the meeting place of a group of high spirited young wags called 'the Lumber Troop'. In 1908 it was demolished to make way for the Council House. The license was withdrawn in 1896.

LICENSEES:

1835 - 1841 William Gray 1850 - 1868 Mrs. Elizabeth Gray, victualler and maltster 1869 John Lowe 1869 - 1874 John Kelly 1879 Mrs. Mary Anne Kelly 1881 - 1886 William Eccles 1890 - 1896 Mrs M. A. Eccles BREWERS: 1850 Elizabeth Gray
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