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The Cross Keys

Take a look at old photographs of Peterhead.

Back Street, Peterhead, Aberdeen, AB42 1TH

This pub occupies a site at the junction of Chapel Street and Back Street. The latter once marked the farthest limit of the town. Chapel Street acquired its name after the episcopal chapel was erected on the site of this pub in 1747, at a cost of £467, seating about 600. It was dedicated to St Peter, whose emblem is two cross keys symbolising the keys to heaven. Centuries earlier, Peterhead’s first church had also been dedicated to the saint and it is thought that the town’s long association with St Peter is the origin of its name.

A photograph and text about Longate.

The text reads: Longate, which partly traces the route of the King’s Common Gate, is the original main street of Peterhead, where most of the initial Feu’s were located. It was also the street in which the Old Pretender stayed in 1715, prior to joining a rebellion against the Crown that, to all intents and purposes, had been defeated before he arrived.

A photograph of workers gutting herring in Windmill Street, c1900, before packing them into barrels for curing. 

A photograph of Old Marischal Street.

A photograph of the well house, with the Keith arms above the door.

A photograph of a regatta in the South Bay, c1885.

External photograph of the building – main entrance.

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