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The name Charing Cross, now refers to the mainline railway station and the surrounding district of central London. The name originates from the area of Charing, where King Edward I placed a cross in memorial to his wife, Eleanor of Castile. A cross was placed everywhere the coffin rested overnight on its journey from Lincolshire to a Westminster. Charing cross was officially recognised as the exact centre of London. The original spot where the cross was placed (at the top of Whitehall, south end of Trafalgar Square) now has a statue of Charles I. The cross that stands in front of Charing Cross railway station is a re-located Victorian copy designed by architect Edward Middleton Barry.

29th Dec 2006 by Diane Earl

Geography, History

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London royalty Charing Cross railiway station

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