Group forms to re-instate Eleanor Cross in Grantham

A campaign group has started to re-instate the Eleanor Cross in Grantham.
A campaign group has started to re-instate the Eleanor Cross in Grantham.

A GROUP are campaigning to re-instate a Grantham memorial, which was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s army.

The Eleanor Cross was erected in St Peter’s Hill in 1290 on the orders of Queen Eleanor’s grieving husband, Edward I. The cross is one of 12 erected on the route from Harby, where she died, to Westminister Abbey.

Each year a group of 20 cyclists follow the 200 mile route of the crosses from St Martin-in-the-Field church, in Trafalgar Square, London, to raise money for a homeless centre there.

Campaign chairman Ruby Stuckey said that this has encouraged the steering group, which includes South Kesteven District Councillors, members of the town’s Civic Trust and historians to look into the best way to put a memorial on St Peter’s Hill.

She said: “The cyclists visit St Peter’s Hill to remember Eleanor but unfortunately they have no Eleanor Cross in their photograph of Grantham, nor anything to mark where it stood.”

The cyclists then visit Harrowby Lane Methodist Church and sleep on the floor before continuing along the route.

Anyone wanting to help to reinstate the Eleanor Cross can call 01476 566628 or 01476 572506.