Near Tottenham Cross, London, 1826
Artist: Scharf, George senior
Medium: Pencil on paper
This drawing depicts The Swan Inn, an establishment that first appeared in the 1450's.
Daniel Defoe, who toured Middlesex around 1719 noted: "At Tottenham we see the remains of an ancient building called the Cross, from which the town takes the name of High Cross." The name comes from the placing of one of 12 crosses erected by Edward I along the route of the funeral procession of his wife Eleanor in 1290. There is evidence that a wooden cross was visible on the roadside as late as 1409. It was then rebuilt in brick in the 17th century and refaced with stucco in 1809.