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Queen Eleanor's Cross, Geddington, Northamptonshire

Queen Eleanor's Cross, Geddington, Northamptonshire
Photograph taken 29 June 2002 © Mr Michael Rockett. Source Historic England Archive ref: 231030

This memorial cross was built in 1290. It is in memory of Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I. Queen Eleanor died on the 28th November 1290 at Harby in Nottinghamshire. Her funeral procession passed from Lincoln to Westminster in December. This cross marks the resting place of Queen Eleanor's body on the night of the 6th-7th December 1290. Originally there were 12 of these crosses. Now only 3 are left (the others are at Hardingstone and Waltham) and this is the best preserved. It is also unusual in that it incorporates a (public) water supply within a royal memorial. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010).

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