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Commemorative plaque of Eleanor Cross planned at Grantham’s Guildhall

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A member of Grantham’s Civic Society has submitted planning permission to erect a plaque to the front of the Guildhall in commemoration of the Eleanor Cross.

Courtney Finn, press officer for the society, submitted plans alongside local architect and society secretary Graham Cook.

The plans are for a plaque to commemorate the lost Eleanor Cross, which was destroyed during the Civil War, accompanied by a brass interpretation plate explaining the history behind it, which will be set behind the Guildhall’s existing iron railings.

The plaque will be funded by public donations, and the entire project is due to cost around £7,000. Mr Finn said: “The plaque will be a gift to the town of Grantham from donators and the society.”

The Eleanor Cross was built in 1294, as were 11 others across the country to mark where the funeral cortege of Queen Eleanor of Castile stopped on its journey from Lincoln Cathedral to Westminster Abbey. Only three of the original 12 survive today.

The proposed design takes the form of a decorative plaque carved in Ancaster limestone, which the Society believes is what the original cross was carved from. A sculptor will create the likeness of King Edward I and Queen Eleanor to be included in the design.

The organisation believes that the site of the plaque will draw tourists interested in history and encourage locals and visitors to find out more about the cross.

The civic society is still looking for donations in order to meet their £7,000 target. To contribute, email Mr Finn for further information at cfinn@talktalk.net

Details of the planning application can be found on South Kesteven District Council’s website under planning application number S14/1527.

You can also find out more about the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride, which raises money for charity, on their website at www.queeneleanorcycleride.org.uk/

 

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