When Queen Eleanor died in 1290 her body was taken to London from Harby in Lincolnshire. A memorial cross was erected at each place where the funeral procession rested overnight. The Geddington Cross is one of the best surviving crosses.


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life bank store (19 months ago)
One of the few surviving queen eleanor stone marker post to still be found along the route of the late queens funeral route to london in c1290 from lincoln being 90% still intact it is sited on a spring that can be found at the foot of the tower and flows to the river a short distance away. Parking involves finding a spot on the road outside the cross with narrow streets this can be tight at busy times. Kam cardell is a local guide and very knowledgeable of the site
Ray Roberts (19 months ago)
Lovely village well worth a visit. Must visit Cafe Oak next to post office great food. Warm welcome. Try you'll go back again and again.
Steve Brooks (20 months ago)
History you can touch. The best Eleanor monument left and good information available attached to it's adjoining well. Very photogenic at the right time and can be moody when the weather isn't so good. The Cross is at the meeting of West Street, Bridge Street and Grafton road so be aware of traffic from any direction. Also take a look at the mounting stone on the corner of Grafton and Bridge used for mounting horses.
kayleigh brown (21 months ago)
Went to the squirt.. absolutely fun and funny.
Shaun Mclaughlin (2 years ago)
Good fun at the park behind the monument, The local pubs do good food to.
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