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The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys in Carleton Village from Old English ceorl or carle, charle, meaning farmer or free peasant and ton a ville or settlement

Once stood at a major crossroads that linked Scotland with England and shared a common link with its sister inn the Highland Drove as a drover’s stopping place and also as a coaching inn.

History – or is it local gossip – recalls the area was the haunt of highwaymen and one came to a sticky end on a gibbet erected on Beacon Edge!