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Here is what we think is the only comprehensive record of pubs and beerhouses within the Coventry city boundaries going back as far as available records allow. This is an ongoing project so contributions, corrections or additions to this archive, especially anecdotes, photos and media are most welcome. Feel free to contact us for a pint and a chat anytime.

The Cross Keys

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.

This pub appears in an 1850 directory. In the 1851 census Charles Chinn is described as a carpenter.The Board of Health Map of 1851 shows the Cross Keys standing opposite the Priory Tavern
Known Licensees are;
1850 - 1851 Charles Chinn

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