The Cross Keys
Church Street, Pangbourne, Reading, Berkshire
This is a widespread pub name throughout England. It was a Christian symbol referring to St Peter. Jesus Christ said to him, ‘I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven’. The papal arms show crossed keys. They occur in the arms of various bishops. The Cross Keys, Pangbourne, has history from the 16th century. It is one of the town’s oldest buildings. At the rear of the pub, is the River Pang. This river is the supposed basis for Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. That river is also the source of at least two ghosts haunting the Cross Keys. In the late 1800s, a number of people drowned when they tried to cross it when it was at full flood. Bystanders brought their bodies to this pub with the Swan on Shooters Hill. At least two ghosts have, witnesses saw, on the ground floor of the Cross Keys. However, it was impossible to tell if they were men or women.