The Village of Thixendale

Cross Keys


Before the Cross Keys was built, the land was part of Brigham’s Garth.

The Cross Keys is first clearly identified in this map of from 1851

This photo from the 1890s has the Cross Keys in the background.

The Cross Keys and Jewison’s Row can be seen here in 1907 and the 1920s

John Towse was a landlord at the pub, as was David Towse around 1881. He was followed by son John to around 1900.

Elizabeth Shipley ran the pub until she died on 1906. She was followed by Herbert Williamson.

In 1913, William Brown was landlord, followed by son Arthur.

Thomas Hesslewood was landlord in 1929. William Hesslewood was landlord in the 1930’s.

Mrs Joan Tolley: My aunt and uncle Mr and Mrs Climpson had the “Cross keys” late 1950s and 1960s. My Mother bought the old derelict cottage next to the pub and had it rebuilt and refurbished in late 1960. She was the person who called it “Round The Bend”. Mother did start “Teas” at the cottage but don’t suppose they are still there. My daughter used to spend her summer school holidays with her Nan and my husband and I would collect her and spend one or two weeks of the holiday there. I have some very happy memories of Thixendale and the lovely countryside all around. I was very interested to read of “Don” who lived in the caravan, this was at the end of my Aunt’s garden at the pub and my daughter remembers having tea in the caravan when she was there.

(Also see Climpson)