SO8463 : Cross Keys (2) - sign, Ombersley, Worcs

taken 4 years ago, near to Ombersley, Worcestershire, Great Britain

Cross Keys (2) - sign, Ombersley, Worcs
Cross Keys (2) - sign, Ombersley, Worcs
As well as this conventional hanging sign, there are also two pictorial signs affixed to the front of the building. See:- SO8463 : Cross Keys (1), Ombersley, Worcs.

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!
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Date Taken
Sunday, 19 July, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 21 July, 2015
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Business, Retail, Services 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 844 639 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:16.3872N 2:13.7500W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 844 639
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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