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Eleanor Cross study day

The Eleanor Cross

An pen and ink drawing showing the Northampton Eleanor Cross in the centre with trees and bushes behind and grass in the foreground

The Eleanor cross

The Eleanor cross is a well known Northampton landmark. The cross was one of a series built by Edward I to mark the death of his Queen, Eleanor of Castile, who died in 1290. There were originally 12 that were erected between 1291 and 1295 marking the nightly resting places along the route taken when her body was transported to London. The Northampton cross is 1 of 3 surviving monuments.

Study day

In October 2019 Northampton Museums and Art Gallery held a study day on the Northampton cross and the story of Queen Eleanor. Experts came together to discuss why and how it was built, how our cross survived, recent conservation work and how it has been depicted in art. We would like to share with you some of the information from the day and signpost you to further information if you would like to know more. Enjoy these pages sumarising the presentations. The study day was part a programme of activity associated with the conservation of the cross by Northampton Borough Council.

One of the presentations considered depictions of the Eleanor cross in art.

The Eleanor Cross in Art

We run study days based on our collections and the history of Northampton. Find out more about future study days. Join our mailing list to find out about future study days.

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