Queen Eleanor of Castile

Queen Eleanor of Castile

Acquired in 1858, further details of acquisition unrecorded

Original:

Effigy of Queen Eleanor of Castile, first wife of Edward I (1241-90)
By William Torel (fl. 1291; d. 1303)
About 1291-3
Gilt bronze
Confessor's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London, England

After Eleanor's death in Harby, Lincolnshire, her body was transported with great pomp to Westminster. At the twelve resting-places of the funeral bier, 'Eleanor Crosses' were erected, each one displaying images of the Queen. Only three of these still survive, at Geddington, Hardingstone (Northampton) and Waltham: the figures from the Waltham Cross are presently on loan to the Museum.