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Eleanor's Crosses

Part 2: Form and style

The appearance of the crosses is so similar that they must have been created following consistent instructions, presumably issued by Edward. In elevation the same structural principle has been maintained - three tiers, of which the middle one, adorned with large statues of the queen, attracts most attention. The whole is completed by a solid upper tier with the cross shaft on top (now lost). Eleanor’s shields of arms: England, León, Castile and Ponthieu decorated the lower section of each cross and thus the identity of the statues has never been questioned.

Geddington is an odd one out among the surviving crosses - triangular in plan, taller and more slender, its lower tier is entirely covered with a rich diaper pattern, the others having an arch-and-gable motif with tracery.

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