SU4996 : The Cross Keys (2) - sign, 148 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon

taken 5 years ago, near to Abingdon, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

The Cross Keys (2) - sign, 148 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon
The Cross Keys (2) - sign, 148 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon
The Cross Keys was one of the Morlands public houses acquired by Greene King of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, in 2000.

In the past, probably more than today, the Cross Keys would be widely recognised as a religious symbol, which represented St. Peter as the keeper of the gates of Heaven. Hence it was a popular sign for pubs and inns when most people were illiterate and pubs needed easily distinguishable signs. Going further back in history, in medieval times many inns were religious establishments and the signs normally had religious associations, such as the Angel, the Lamb and of course the Cross Keys. Pubs and inns of this name can be found in other countries too. The only English style pub in Cusco, a large city in Peru, is called the Cross Keys but it only dates from 1986!

SU4996 : The Cross Keys (1), 148 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxon.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 20 July, 2014   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 25 January, 2015
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Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 491 969 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:40.1565N 1:17.4591W
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