Geddington shown within Northamptonshire
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It contains what is thought to be the best surviving Eleanor cross. The monument dates from 1294, when the crosses were raised as a memorial by Edward I (1239–1307) to his late wife, Eleanor of Castile (1244–1290). There were originally 12 monuments, one in each resting place of the funeral procession as they travelled to Westminster Abbey. Three now remain; the other two being in Hardingstone (near Northampton) and Waltham Cross, with a more recent replica at Charing Cross in London.
The village was also formerly home to a Royal hunting lodge which was used as a base by monarchs for hunting within Rockingham Forest. The building has subsequently been lost; however, the 'Kings' Door' within St. Mary Magdalene's church in the village remains - it was the entrance through which the King could enter the building while staying at the lodge.
The old main road runs through the village and crosses the River Ise by a spectacular mediaeval bridge. The bridge, built in 1250, has five arches and three pedestrian refuges. A more recent ford also runs alongside the bridge.
Geddington has three public houses: The White Lion, The Star, and the White Hart.
- Office for National Statistics: Kettering (Non-Metropolitan District) Retrieved 9 November 2009
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- Geddington Village website
- Bus service 8 links Geddington with Kettering and Corby
- A link to a short article with images describing the likely circumstances surrounding the transfer of Queen Eleanor's body to Westminster
- English Heritage page on Geddington's Cross
- Walking tour with pictures
- Map sources for Geddington
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