Swansea and The Cross Keys History
Sitting on the only medieval site besides the Swansea Castle, Cross Keys is invariably tied with the history of the Swansea area. Centuries after the foundation of medieval Swansea, the memory of days gone by still thrives in what is now Cross Keys.
St. David’s Hospice was the former occupant of the site in 1332, once housing elderly and inform clergy and laymen. The 14th century was a tumultuous time for the building’s residents. In 1544, the dissolution of St. David’s Hospice under Statutes of Edward VI left the priests with little choice but brew mead to be sold. Recent excavation revealed the remains of what was then a brew house. The year 1550 saw the extensive lands of the Hospice purchased by Sir George Herbert and then neglected for more than 50 years. Extensive remodeling was carried out on the buildings during the 17th century.
The rear of the building incorporates the remains of the St. David Hospice that was built back in 1332. One can still see three of the original 14th century windows in what is now The Cross Keys. It is the perfect blend of culture, history, and modern flavor.
The Cross Keys Swansea still to this day maintains its proud history and keeps its heritage firmly planted within the roots of the building. Some of the original joists and decor remains to be seen in what now has become the best pub in Swansea. You can see the full walk around within our Virtual Tour.