I must thank Adrian for a) showing me the following photo and b) allowing me to post it here for your delectation.
Eleanor is feeling a bit neglected you know, and demanded something of a short update.
The following is an image of the plaque placed on the clock tower in St. Albans near where Eleanor’s cross used to stand. I’m loving the flint in the tower by the way.
Eleanor’s cortège from Harby arrived at St. Albans on the 12 December 1290. Unfortunately, none of this cross survives, the last accounts for it are from 1721, when the base was demolished to make way for a market cross, and then finally in 1810, when the cross was demolished.
Eleanor’s cortège moves on from St. Albans, to Waltham, where the lovely Waltham Cross (restored) still stands. It’s a shame that it’s current location is in the middle of a modern shopping centre. For those of you looking to see the original statues or sculptures of Eleanor, they have them at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
They also have a rather nice plaster cast of her tomb from Westminster Abbey, the original of which I’ve been able to visit with special permission.