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Northampton Cross (Eleanor Cross, at Hardingstone, Northamptonshire)

Northampton Cross (Eleanor Cross, at Hardingstone, Northamptonshire)

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15542

Item number: f.144

Length: 184

Width: 267

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

View of the Eleanor Cross in Hardingstone, Northamptonshire, one of 12 erected by Edward I along the route of the funeral procession of his wife Eleanor in 1290. She died when 47 years old and was carried from Harby to Westminster Abbey, where she was eventually buried in a magnificent tomb.

The original 12 Eleanor crosses were placed at Lincoln, Grantham, Stamford, Geddington, Northampton (at Hardingstone), Stony Stratford, Woburn, Dunstable, St Albans, Waltham, West Cheap in the City of London, and finally at the royal mews at Charing (Charing Cross). Only three survive today, at Waltham, Hardingstone and Geddington, but fragments of the Cheapside cross are in the collection of the Museum of London, and both Cheapside and Charing can be reconstructed from existing drawings.

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