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"Eleanor" Cross, Sledmere, East Riding of Yorkshire

"Eleanor" Cross, Sledmere, East Riding of Yorkshire
Photograph taken 21 January 2004 © Mr Les Waby. Source Historic England Archive ref: 167860

The Cross dates from 1895 and was designed by Temple Moore for Sir Tatton Sykes, the 5th Baronet of Sledmere. It is a copy of one of several crosses put up in memory of Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I in 1291. It was built as village cross. It was later adapted to be used as a First World War Memorial and has panels with brasses representing local men who died in World War One and Sir Mark Sykes (Tatton's son) who died of Spanish Flu in 1919. He had also served as a soldier in the Boer War. In 2008 his body was exhumed to collect samples of the 1919 flu virus to help understand the H1N1 flu virus today.