Sep 25, 2015 — After a long and difficult year, I'm sorry to have to advise that demolition of the Cross Keys is expected to commence within the next couple of weeks. Given the status of the planning consent this outcome was almost inevitable, though it is not, and never was, the one we would have wished for.
I've been involved in negotiations with Taylor Wimpey and they have agreed to provide a landscaped area approximately on the site of the building and incorporating a commemorative plaque marking the existence of this significant and much-loved landmark. Taylor Wimpey have also kindly agreed to recover a number of artefacts from the building. These include some of the terracotta decorative brickwork, some of which will be incorporated into the commemorative plaque area, and the pub sign-board which will be given to the Crewe Heritage Centre.
A number of other artefacts and mementos, such as decorative bricks and notice boards, will be made available to local people with an emotional connection with the pub as a keepsake. We'll probably ask for a donation, with monies going to the Crewe Mayor's Charities.
So, not the result we hoped for, but at least some lasting recognition of the building for posterity.
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