I've seen the modern image a number of times, but the date is wrong. The car waiting at the junction is a Hillman Hunter, which wasn't launched in the UK till 1966, so the photo must have been taken 1066 onwards
I have always understood that pubs named the Cross Keys are usually to be found next to/nearby churches.I remember seeing a map dated 1820 and the pub was there then. The map concerned the parish church which I think was completed in 1824. I wondered whether the road being turnpiked had any bearing on this pub being built but I have a note as follows:
A Turnpike Act was passed in from Birmingham in respect of the Chester Road, but it was not until 1807 that a similar act was passed covering the road from Birmingham through Erdington Village. This was on the route from Bristol to the North of England.
As the Cross Keys was very near to the centre of Erdington village it was probably there long before this. Very sad if it goes the way of many other old pubs in Erdington.
Tinpot, I thought that too but despite being next to the Abbey church it apparently pre-dates it. I referred to Google to see if I could find anything out and this came up:I have always understood that pubs named the Cross Keys are usually to be found next to/nearby churches.
Hi, my brother used to drink in the Keys up until it closed. It had been struggling for customers for sometime before it closed. I was told that the owners wanted to turn it into flats but could not get planning permission. Will never open as a pub again and not sure what else it could be used for especially if planning is going to be a problem. Ken.According to an article in the Birmingham Mail Saturday 17th April 2021 :
Last orders were called in 2017 and the property was previously marketed for £550,000 but the agents, Mason Young Property Consultants confirmed there had been no demand to reopen it up as a drinking spot, and the only interest had come from developers either wanting to bulldoze it or convert it for housing.
An application to turn it into a hostel was registered with Birmingham City Council last June but on Monday (April 12), the shell was back on the market with Online Property Agent.
I did a quick look on planning applications but nothing seemed to be there other than the outstanding application for a hostel..
Hi Lyn, it is sad, my younger brother drank in there for many years and was very upset when it closed. Like you I had never been in there. My brother lives off Gravelly Lane and that was the pub he preferred.hi ken i have friends who also drank there until it closed...never been in this pub myself but it is sad to see it looking so forlorn and not used
|2020/02902/PA||The Cross Keys PH 15 High Street Erdington Birmingham B23 6RG||Change of use of public house (Use Class A4) to a 15 bedroom hostel (Sui Generis)||Registered||16-04-2020|
thanks jan that confirms info on post 12 looks like it was turned downThere is a new planning application in (well 2020 but still awaiting a decision according to the planning website).
2020/02902/PA The Cross Keys PH 15 High Street Erdington Birmingham B23 6RG Change of use of public house (Use Class A4) to a 15 bedroom hostel (Sui Generis) Registered 16-04-2020