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Craved stone slab from Cheapside Cross. Decorated with two shields. The shield on the left shows the arms of England - three lions. The shield on the right shows the arms of Castile - two lions and two castles. In 1290 Edward I's wife Eleanor of Castile died near Lincoln. Her body was brought back to Westminster for burial, and monuments were afterwards erected where the coffin had rested each night. In London, one was in Cheapside ('the Great Cross'), one at Charing at the west end of the Strand (Charing Cross). Stones from the Cheapside cross, showing the arms of England and Castile, were found in 1838 during works to construct a sewer along Cheapside.
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