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Queen Eleanor Cross

Address: West St & Grafton Road, Kettering NN14 1AD, England
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Ranked #8 of 20 Attractions in Kettering
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

This is the best preserved of these crosses in the country and is worth a visit if you are interested in history, or just in visiting a charming Northamptonshire village. Read up on the story before you visit to really appreciate its significance.

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Kettering
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The best surviving relic of its kind in England. A remarkable monument to the endurance of love by a medieval king for his dead wife. This by the seemingly love-less, cruel Edward 'Longshanks', as portrayed in the movie 'Braveheart'. A truly special monument in a charming setting - a must for any visitor to this neck of Northamptonshire with an... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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99 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Charing Cross in London was the last cross to be erected to mark the passage of medieval Queen Eleanor's coffin though England from Lincolnshire to the capital. It is now remembered only by name. Of the three surviving crosses the one at Geddington is the best preserved. and the easiest to find as its location is signposted from the A43... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Excellent piece of history on my doorstep. Always popular with tourists. Great to photograph with lots of nearby parking.

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

There are only 3 left of the original 12 crosses. This was the most elaborate cross, check out all the heraldic symbols. I loved the roses for Northampton county which disguise lead drainage spouts. The tiny gargoyles on both sides of each elaborate buttress. Park in Delapre Abbey (free) and walk through the park and golf course to view this... More 

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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

If the story of the Eleanor Cross does not tug at your heartstrings, you simply have no soul. In an age of politically arranged marriages for reasons of power brokering, this was a king and queen who truly loved each other. After 36 years of marraige, the heartbroken and grieving King Edward 1 brought his beloved home to London to... More 

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Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
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78 reviews 78 reviews
17 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

With all the war memorials erected throughout England, this was a slight change for the better. When Queen Eleanor passed away, King Edward ordered that a cross be erected at every stop while they transported her cadaver back to London. Of the original 12, only 3 remain. This one is in original pristine condition and has never been restored. I... More 

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