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Queen Eleanor's Cross

The destruction of the Queen Eleanor Cross in Cheapside

The Cross in Cheapside: etching : Wenceslas Hollar

'The 2 of May 1643. Ye Crosse in Cheapeside was pulled downe, a Troope of Horse and 2 Companies of foote wayted to garde it and at ye fall of ye tope Crosse dromes beat trumpets blew and multitudes of Capes wayre throwne in ye Ayre and a greate Shoute of People with joy.'

The Cross at Cheapside was one of the crosses erected by order of Edward I to commemorate the resting places of the coffin of his queen (Eleanor) on its journey from Harby, near Lincoln, to Westminster Abbey in 1290 (there were twelve in all, three of which survive). 

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