SP3509 : The Cross Keys (2) - sign, 1 Market Square, Witney, Oxon

taken 8 years ago, near to Witney, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

The Cross Keys (2) - sign, 1 Market Square, Witney, Oxon
The Cross Keys (2) - sign, 1 Market Square, Witney, Oxon
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!

SP3509 : The Cross Keys (1), 1 Market Square, Witney, Oxon.
SP3509 : The Cross Keys (3), 1 Market Square, Witney, Oxon.

By March 2016 a new sign had replaced this one. SP3509 : The Cross Keys (b), 1 Market Square, Witney, Oxon.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 25 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 2 February, 2016
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 356 097 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.1062N 1:29.1189W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 356 097
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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