Over 150 years old this beautiful monument takes pride of place in car park of Charing Cross station in London. The original was used as a marker of the procession route for Queen Eleanor who was taken ill and died in 1290 on her way to meet her husband Edward I in Scotland. There were 12 markers lining the route from Lincoln to Westminster Abbey with this cross being the final one. The original 13th century cross was the location from where all routes to and from London were measured and stood a short distance away from this Victorian replica, where the statue of Charles I on horseback now resides.
“A prime example of gothic architecture“
Sadly, the original cross was destroyed in 1647 at the demand of the Parliament of the time. This recreation by EM Barry during the Victorian period is fortunately still standing and adorned in angels, pinnacles and heraldic shields. Caught at the right angle the gilded features shine brightly in the summer sun and really draw the eye to the top of the monument. Look closer and the incredibly intricate details carved into the masonry stand out and display the workers skill.