Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Waltham Cross

Waltham Cross - photograph


Three miles west of Epping Forest is Waltham Cross, one of the three "time-mouldering crosses, gemm'd with imagery, Of costliest work and Gothic tracery," which are all that remain of those erected by Edward I. to mark the spots where a halt was made when the dead body of Eleanor of Castile was being conveyed from Nottinghamshire to Westminster Abbey. This cross, constructed of Caen stone, is hexagonal in form, and is in three stages, of which the middle open contains statues of Queen Eleanor. It was erected in 1294 at a cost of 95, and had suffered much from decay when, a few years ago, it was rather drastically restored. The "Four Swans " beyond is an old inn, once well known as a posting station. The signboard which spans the street bears the legend, "Ye Olde Foure Swannes Hostelrie. 1260''