This pub is named after the stone cross which marked Retford’s southern boundary in medieval times. The base of the southern cross (the Dominie Cross) was later moved to Market Square and became known as the Broad Stone. It still stands in front of the Victorian town hall, not far from the Wetherspoon pub in Grove Street. Grove Street was added to the town plan in the 13th century, when it was known as New Gate. During the 19th century, it was the location of the town’s annual horse fair, held in March.
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