Carved slab from the Cheapside Cross: 13th century

Carved slab from the Cheapside Cross: 13th century
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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Carved slab from the Cheapside Cross, decorated with two shields. One shield shows the arms of England, three lions, the other has 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 put up in Cheapside, the Great Cross and 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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