Victorian Street Scene 2: Cross Hotel Kingswinford
The Victorian Street Scene publish earlier seems to have drawn a lot of interest, so here is another Black Country view. Once again this photo was probably taken in the 1880s and shows a boy in a sailor suit standing outside the Cross Hotel in Kingswinford.
The neat hand painted signs advertise a wide range of activities including billiards. At the back of the hotel there was also space for a bowling green and quoit ground as well as stabling. The relaxed way in which the boys stand in the ‘horse road’ as my Nan called it, is an interesting reflection on how the world has changed.
Below the main picture can be seen some other views of the same location.