The Shortest Day

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Queen Eleanor  Stony StratfordThe Monday Photo

There’s been no posts here on the North Bucks Wanderer in recent weeks, as I’ve not been well. But I’m feeling much better now, and just in time for Christmas!

So here’s a Christmassy photo for you. This Stony Stratford mural was painted in 2018 by local artist Luke McDonnell. It’s of Eleanor of Castile, wife and Queen to Edward the First, and there was once a monument to her in the town.

Queen Eleanor died in December 1290 in Nottinghamshire, and her body taken the 200 miles back to London. The King had twelve crosses erected on the journey in her memory, all at places where the funeral party had halted for the night. Just three remain, all in Northamptonshire.

Nobody knows what happened to the Eleanor cross in Stony Stratford, but there’s a plaque (“Near this spot”) on a modern building near the North end of the High Street; it’s number 157.

The mural is on the gable end of the 17th Century house at 42 High Street, and faces on to New Street. It can be seen from the High Street, and is opposite the Old George Hotel.

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