Head down to the Tube for a mural about the Cross.
The deliciously sculpted Eleanor's Cross outside Charing Cross station today sees the light of day after almost a year's renovation and five years in scaffolding. The Cross, actually a steeple-like structure, was erected in 1865 by the railway company operating out of the nearby station. The original Eleanor's Cross, one of 12 memorials marking the final journey of Edward I's queen Eleanor of Castille, stood on the site now occupied by Charles I's statue near Trafalgar Square, until demolished in the anti-Royal purges of the 1640s. Both sites are regularly cited as marking the official centre of London, though we're still backing a third alternative. Image by M@.