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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Why was Eleanor Cross?

The Eleanor Crosses were erected by King Edward I at the end of the thirteenth century, in memory of his wife Eleanor of Castile. There were twelve, marking the journey of her body from Lincoln to London. The most famous - this one at Charing Cross - was the most grand. Reproduced faithfully by the Victorians, this spot has marked the point distances to London are measured from for 700 years.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 2

Comments on "Why was Eleanor Cross?"


Blogger Arguendo | Dixi said ... (02:52) : 

It amazes me that something built 800 years ago is still standing and is so beautiful.


Blogger Nic said ... (13:35) : 

I thought the one at Charing Cross has been moved from its original originally stood at the bottom of Trafalgar Square where we now have a statue of Charles I. I also thought the original marker at the bottom of the Square was where London distances were measured to (there used to be a plaque on the ground behind the Charles statue which said as much).


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