The Eleanor Cross - Northampton

Eleanor Cross constructed between 1291 and 1294 by the King Edward I's master mason, John of Battle, with sculptural work by William of Ireland, as memorial to Queen Eleanor of Castile, close to a stopping point of her funeral procession at Delapre Abbey. Recorded as restored 1713, 1840 and repaired many times to1982-85. Scheduled Monument (LEN 1015536). A recent condition survey commissioned by Northampton Borough Council confirmed the need for urgent repair, conservation and stabilisation of loose stone details and friable surfaces. Historic England has awarded a Repair Grant.

The Eleanor Cross - Northampton
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: The Eleanor Cross
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade I
  • List Entry Number: 1039797
  • Local Planning Authority: Northampton
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Commemorative monument


  • Building Name: The Eleanor Cross
  • County: Northamptonshire
  • District / Borough: Northampton
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Northampton South
  • Region: East Midlands

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: D - Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Ownership: Local authority
  • Designation: Listed Building grade I, SM, RB

Contact Details

Ben Robinson 01480 412107

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England