Location of the Eleanor Cross

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Topic Originator: Mike Laughton
Post Date July 5, 2015 @ 12:49 PM
 Location of the Eleanor Cross

Mike Laughton
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No one seems to know the exact location of the original Queen Eleanor Cross in Stamford. Some people say it was near the Clock House where Scotgate meets Casterton Road while others claim it was further up the hill towards Casterton.
The only thing everyone seems agreed upon was that it was located alongside the Great North Road.
But I have recently come across information that would suggest it was further north - about five miles north of Stamford in fact. At the site of the Battle of Losecoat Field.
Before the battle commenced (on March 12, 1470) the rebel leader Lord Richard Welles and a co-conspirator were beheaded by Edward IV on the battlefield in full view of both armies.
But a contemporary account about the battle describes Sir Richard Welles and a co-conspirator are described as being executed at Stamford Cross.
There was only one Stamford Cross - the Eleanor Cross - so if both accounts of the battle are accurate (that the two men were executed on the battlefield in full view of both armies and they were executed at Stamford Cross) then that would place the Eleanor Cross well outside the town a few miles to the north of Great Casterton.
This is quite feasible as the crosses were erected where Eleanor's funeral cortege encamped overnight on the journey from Lincoln to Westminster. Even if it was further up Casterton Road it would still have been well outside the confines of the town.
Charing Cross and Banbury Cross were both Eleanor Crosses but the preserved example of an Eleanor Cross is the one at nearby Geddington in Northants.