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Geddington really is a very nice village, well worth a look around. The Eleanor Cross is very... read more

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QuietandThoughtful
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Visit Geddington regularly this monument is in the centre its in the middle of the road near a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Stunning sculpture and memorial site. Well worth visit to Geddington to view this memorial to mark a stopping of point of Queen Eleanor on her final journey.

Free to admire the beauty and preserved by the local authorities.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Looking more like a delicious wedding cake topper, this ornate and highly decorative compilation of so much sugar and sweetness is a true tribute from King Edward I to his lovely and much loved Queen Consort, Eleanor of Castile. It took 12 days to transport her body to London and, for each day, he built a memorial where her body rested each day.

Fast forward to the future: only parts (small parts) of 3 remain and this lovely tribute is not an original. During the 1647 Civil war in England, this monument was destroyed on the orders of Parliament. This 1865 replica (not a true copy) on display is a reconstruction 70 feet tall.

Eight statues of the lovely Eleanor depict her with Christian symbols in half of them and represent her as a queen in the other half.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

This is the village of Geddington , free access , easy to find and drive to . It is the best preserved of all the crosses with much ornate carving . Interesting as it is , it doesn't take long to look at it . I would make it part of a local historic day out .

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Just looking at Eleanor Cross in Geddington, to the unknowing eye it may appear bland, non exciting. I can honestly say we had a very interesting day out whilst looking at this medieval relic. The statue itself is well preserved and is shown as a token of love, which if you think about it is incredibly rare. Usually statues commemorate deaths, war. This is the total opposite. Whilst we visited we got talking to a very interesting gentleman who is keyholder for the church across the road. We must have been with us about 3 hours, talking to us about the history behind the statue, the church and Geddington itself. It was absolutely fantastic having the tour. If you do happen to pass this area I would definitely recommend having a look at the statue and the church as they are both very intriguing.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

On the way back from a late dinner in Cranford with friends from Kettering they were so kind as to make a little detour to show me this 42 feet high medieval monument in Geddington. Not because it’s very impressive but because it’s quite unique and rather romantic. It’s the best preserved of the commemorative crosses King Edward I erected along the route of the cortege taking the body of his wife Eleanor of Castille from Harby near Lincoln, where she died in 1290, to Westminster Abbey where she was buried. The cross itself is thought to date from 1294.

Originally there were twelve of these so-called ‘Eleanor Crosses’, but only three survived. For a commemorative cross, this one, standing on a plinth of steps, has a rather unusual triangular form and intricate carving. I regretted it was already too late to take good pictures of the slender Eleanor statues standing in the canopied niches. King Edward is said to have been truly saddened by the dead of his wife. Although their marriage was political, they seem to have truly cared for each other.

Date of experience: August 2017
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