Eleanor Cross, 2009, Stamford, U.K


The original Eleanor Crosses were 12 lavishly decorated stone monuments which King Edward I had erected between 1291 and 1294 as memorials to his wife Eleanor of Castile, marking the route of her funeral cortege as it was taken from Lincoln to London.

The only remaining fragment of the Stamford Eleanor Cross is a small carved stone rose. Using the form and symbolism of the rose, this sculpture celebrates love, longing and remembrance in the form of a spire which  subtly transforms to bronze from local Ketton stone.




The base is constructed from local Ketton stone, appropriate to its context in a heritage town.

Individual words evoke facets of love and remembrance. New meanings and nuances can be gleaned by the random nature of their placement. The original poems have been collated and documented in a book. 



Lincolnshire County Council

Lead Artist
Wolfgang Buttress

Main Contractor
Wolfgang and Heron

Structural Engineers
Price and Myers

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