Hunter Valley Inns & Hotels

Cross Keys Inn

West Maitland


George Poulton was granted a new publican's license for The Cross Keys Inn situated in High Street, West Maitland in April 1844. As well as holding the publican's license he also occasionally worked as a farrier.

In 1846 William Winter who had previously held a publican's license for the Settler's Arms was granted a publicans license for the Cross Keys. In 1846 William Winter charged two men John Burke and Charles Creese with passing a counterfeit half crown at his hotel. They had given the coin to Winter's wife Elizabeth however Winter immediately recognized it as bad and he took them into charge with the assistances of a ticket of leave holder Henry Collins who was nearby. The two men were later found guilty of the crime.

In July 1848 Edmund Wright took over the Cross Keys Inn.  He had previously been innkeeper at the Spread Eagle Inn and had also purchased premises known as the London Warehouse in Maitland in June 1846 for 580

The license was transferred from Edmund Wright to George Lonsdale in March 1850.

Oliver Hackett was granted a publican's license in 1855.




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