TQ3080 : A replica "Eleanor Cross" at Charing Cross, London

taken 6 months ago, near to City of London, Great Britain

A replica "Eleanor Cross" at Charing Cross, London
A replica "Eleanor Cross" at Charing Cross, London
When King Edward the First's Queen Eleanor of Castile died at Harby, near Lincoln in 1290, some of her internal organs were removed for burial locally . But the rest of her body was transported to London. The following year the king ordered that a memorial cross be erected at the places where her procession stopped overnight, to encourage passers by to pray for her soul. Over the next three years twelve such crosses were in place. Only three of the original crosses now exist. These are at Geddington (near Kettering), Hardington (near Northampton) and Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire. One of them was placed on the South side of what is now Trafalgar Square, but was destroyed during the Civil War. In 1865 The South Eastern Railway commissioned another cross to be placed in front of their newly built Charing Cross Hotel and station. It is said to be much more elaborate than the original.
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Date Taken
Friday, 4 November, 2016   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 6 November, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3020 8048 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.4955N 0:7.5178W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3017 8046
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