The Cross Keys was located on the western side of the High Street near the cross. It was once an important coaching inn.

B. Linnell in his excellent book ‘Public Houses of Tewkesbury’ (1972) writes: “Long before Queen Victoria came to the throne the Cross Keys was an inn of high reputation and great value. Not only was it valued by the weary traveller as a haven from the rigours of the stagecoach, it was also the centre for meetings of local inhabitants. The high standard of the kitchens and cellars persuaded all levels of guilds and associations to select the Cross Keys as the venue of their banquet or presentation.”

The Cross Keys closed in 1857. The frontage of the inn is now occupied by 11 and 11A High Street.

Map Reference: SO 894327

Landlords at the Cross Keys include:

1775  William Ricketts

1775-1782  Martha Ricketts (widow)

1782-1785  H. Ricketts

1785-1789  Martha Ricketts (widow)

1789- 1795 Samuel Ricketts

1795-1801  Elizabeth Ricketts (widow)

1801-1813  Henry New

1813-1820  John Miles

1820,1822 Joseph Higgins

1830 John Edwards

1834  John Edwards

1837-1845  P. Thomas

1856   W. Merrell

1857  Henry Merrell

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