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Monday, August 21, 2006

How far is it to London?

Another llittle bit of London Trivia for you - all distances to London are measure to Charing Cross. The monument you see here is a replica of the original built by King Edward I around 1291, to mark the procession of his wife's body. Wikipedia has a good article if you'd like to read more.

posted by Ham at 12:02 -- Comments here: 5

Comments on "How far is it to London?"


Blogger Ryan of OC Photos said ... (07:45) : 

I never thought about it but I guess most cities must use a landmark to measure the distances. Is Charing Cross considered the center of the city?


Anonymous anne said ... (09:26) : 

Thanks for sharing this Ham. I didn't know about Eleonor's crosses.


Anonymous NiC said ... (11:09) : 

I thought the measuring point to London was the point where the orginal Eleanor's Cross stood, which is just South of Trafalgar Square on a spot now occupied by a statue of King Charles I. There used to be a plaque there stating this...

And here's a Beeb link


Blogger Ham said ... (16:00) : 

NiC, thanks for that. Just shows how general General Knowledge can be. You'd have thought he'd have finished off the journey by train though, wouldn't you? Probably the high fares, overcrowding and railway bylaws preventing the carriage of a corpse on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays of any month with an "e"


Anonymous NiC said ... (11:27) : 

Heh, heh... probably :)


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