Representation of the demolishing of the cross in Cheapside, 1643: 1764
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View of the demolition of the Cheapside Cross in 1643. The Cross was built in 1290 by order of Edward I. It was three storey's high and decorated with statues of the Pope, the Virgin and Child and the Apostles. In the 16th Century it was constantly attacked by Puritans until finally demolished by workmen, protected by soldiers 'to cleanse that great street of superstition'. Engraving.
1764 AD - 1764 AD