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Gothic turret with at the base four statues of seated monarchs.
The original cross was carved in 1373, removed to College Green in 1733, and again to Stourhead in 1768, where it still stands (the statues however in the Victoria & Albert museum).
In 1851 a replacement was made. It took some time before the statues were ready. The first statue, of Edward III, sculpted by John Thomas, was placed at the end of April 1855. in 1888 six statues by Harry Hems were added. This cross stood on College Green until replaced by the statue of Queen Victoria. The truncated cross came with four statues was placed at Berkeley Square in 1950.

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Edward III
Windsor Castle 1312 - Sheen Palace 1377
Tenure 1327-1377
by John Thomas
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Henry VI
Windsor Castle 1421 - Tower of London 1471
Tenure 1422-1461 and 1470-1471
by Harry Hems
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charles i
Charles I
Dunfermline Palace 1600 - Whitehall Palace 1649
Tenure 1625-1649
by Harry Hems
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Elizabeth I
Greenwich Palace 1533 - Richmond Palace 1603
Tenure 1558-1603
by Harry Hems


Sources & Information


  • Country: Great Britain
  • Charles I (King of England)
  • Edward III (King of England)
  • Elizabeth I (Queen of England)
  • Hems, Harry
  • Henry VI (King of England)
  • Monarch
  • Thomas, John
  • Locatie (N 51°27'18" - W 2°36'18") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: gbsw034; Photograph: 21 March 2019
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