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Saturday, June 22, 2013

What made Eleanor Cross?



Probably that she was dead. The story of the twelve crosses was that they were erected by Kind Edward I in memory of his wife (conveniently called Eleanor) as they processed her body from Lincoln to London, at the end of the 13th Century. This one, at Charing Cross, is a Victorian "improved" replica, and is the point to which all distances to London are measured.

posted by Ham at 09:03 -- Comments here: 3

Comments on "What made Eleanor Cross?"

 

Anonymous IanVisits said ... (09:26) : 

Worth noting that the original cross stood just to the south of Trafalgar Square, where the statue of King Charles I now stands.


 

Blogger Hilda said ... (10:12) : 

Fantastically ornate piece.

Now I need to read up about those twelve crosses.

 

Anonymous amber said ... (18:51) : 

they were originally referred to as "chere reine" crosses, since degraded int "charing" in some places. like this one.

 

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