Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Eleanor cross at Geddington

Yesterday I wrote that Geddington has the best surviving Eleanor cross.

But what is an Eleanor cross? I hear you ask.

Eleanor of Castile was the wife of King Edward I of England. She died at Harby in Nottinghamshire in 1290. Edward followed her body to its burial in Westminster Abbey, and erected memorial crosses at the site of each overnight stop.

Originally there were 12 Eleanor crosses. They were at Lincoln, Grantham, Stamford, Geddington, Northampton, Stony Stratford, Woburn, Dunstable, St Albans, Waltham, Westcheap, and Charing. Today only three - Northampton, Waltham and Geddington - surivive in any significant form.

Here is a photograph of the Geddington cross from yesterday.

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