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Encyclopedia > Charing Cross
Charing Cross
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OS grid reference: TQ302804
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London borough: Westminster
County: Greater London
Region: London
Nation: England
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Ceremonial county: Greater London
Traditional county: Middlesex
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Post town: LONDON
Postcode: WC2
Dialling code: 020
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UK Parliament: Cities of London and Westminster
London Assembly: West Central London
European Parliament: London
The Victorian Eleanor Cross at Charing Cross
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The Victorian Eleanor Cross at Charing Cross

The name Charing Cross, now given to a district of central London in the City of Westminster, comes from the original hamlet of Charing, where King Edward I placed a memorial to his wife, Eleanor of Castile. The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The administrative area of Greater London contains 32 London Boroughs, of which twelve (plus the City of London) make up Inner London and twenty Outer London. ... The City of Westminster is a London borough and a city in its own right, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. ... The division into counties is one of the larger divisions of England. ... Greater London is the top level administrative subdivision covering London, England. ... The region (sometimes known as Government Office Region) is currently the highest tier of local government in England. ... Greater London is the top level administrative subdivision covering London, England. ... Home Nations is a term to refer to the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland — collectively, but as separate entities, distinct from the United Kingdom as a whole. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to administrative counties of England. ... Greater London is the top level administrative subdivision covering London, England. ... The traditional counties of England are historic subdivisions of the country into around 40 regions. ... Middlesex as a traditional county before 1888. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... Australian and UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... London WC2 is the London postal district covering the area of central London on the north bank of the River Thames. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... To see the list in alphabetical order see the categories UK Parliamentary constituencies and UK Parliamentary constituencies (historic). ... Cities of London and Westminster is a constituency covering the area comprising the City of London and the City of Westminster in Central London. ... Greater London is divided into a number of constituencies for London Assembly elections. ... Greater London is divided into a number of constituencies for London Assembly elections. ... The European Parliament is the parliamentary body of the European Union (EU), directly elected by EU citizens once every five years. ... London is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1373x1868, 1039 KB) Description: The Eleanor Cross at Charing Cross station, London. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1373x1868, 1039 KB) Description: The Eleanor Cross at Charing Cross station, London. ... St. ... The City of Westminster is a London borough and a city in its own right, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. ... A hamlet is (usually — see below) a small settlement, too small or unimportant to be considered a village. ... King Edward I of England (June 17, 1239 – July 7, 1307), popularly known as Longshanks because of his 6 foot 2 inch frame and the Hammer of the Scots (his tombstone, in Latin, read, Hic est Edwardvs Primus Scottorum Malleus, Here lies Edward I, Hammer of the Scots), achieved fame... Eleanor of Castile was the name of one queen consort of England and three queens consort of parts of what is now Spain: Eleanor of Castile (1246-1290), queen consort of England. ...


It was one of twelve places where Eleanor's coffin rested overnight during the funeral procession from Lincolnshire to her final resting-place at Westminster. At each of these, Edward erected an "Eleanor cross", of which only three now remain. The one which stands at Charing Cross, in front of the railway station, is a re-located Victorian "copy" (designed by architect Edward Middleton Barry) of the original, which was not nearly as large or ornate as the Victorian version. The original position of the cross was at the place now occupied by the statue of King Charles I, at the top end of Whitehall, near Admiralty Arch. Lincolnshire (abbreviated Lincs) is a county in the East Midlands of England, traditionally the second largest after Yorkshire. ... Westminster is the area located immediately to the west of the ancient City of London, in the centre of the wider conurbation of London. ... The Eleanor crosses were stone monuments in the shape of a cross that Edward I of England erected in memory of his wife Eleanor of Castile at the twelve places where her funeral procession stopped overnight on its route from Harby, Lincolnshire, to Westminster Abbey in London in 1290. ... Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her Accession to the Throne, June 20, 1837) gave her name to the historic era. ... Architect at his drawing board, 1893 An architect/Building designer is a person involved in the planning, designing and oversight of a buildings construction, whose role is to guide decisions affecting those building aspects that are of aesthetic, cultural or social concern. ... Edward Middleton Barry (1830 - 27 January 1880) was an English architect of the 19th century. ... Charles I (19 November 1600–30 January 1649) was King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 27 March 1625, until his death. ...


The name Charing Cross derives from the old English word charing, meaning a bend in the river; thus, the Charing Cross is "the cross by the bend in the river".


As London is such a large city, all distances (e.g. as seen on road signs) are measured from a particular point. A plaque in Charing Cross, near Trafalgar Square, marks the place from which distances from London are measured. The Cross also marks the exact centre of the 14-mile-diameter district in which the Metropolitan Police first operated. Metropolitan Police redirects here. ...

The front entrance of Charing Cross railway station in a 19th-century print. The cross in front of the Charing Cross Hotel, which is now the Thistle Charing Cross, is a Victorian replacement for the original Eleanor Cross on the site.
The front entrance of Charing Cross railway station in a 19th-century print. The cross in front of the Charing Cross Hotel, which is now the Thistle Charing Cross, is a Victorian replacement for the original Eleanor Cross on the site.

Samuel Johnson is quoted as saying "I think the full tide of human existence is at Charing-Cross." Source: Life of Johnson (J. Boswell), Vol. II. Image File history File links The front entrance to Charing Cross railway station in a 19th century print. ... Image File history File links The front entrance to Charing Cross railway station in a 19th century print. ... Samuel Johnson circa 1772, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds. ...


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Trafalgar Square is a square in central London that commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars. ... This article is about the district of Greater London. ... Holborn (pronounced ho-bun or ho-burn) is a place in London, named after a tributary to the river Fleet that flowed through the area, the Hole-bourne (the stream in the hollow). ... Mayfair is an area in the City of Westminster London, named after the fortnight-long May Fair that took place there from 1686 until it was banned in that location in 1764. ... The Bloomsbury, a corner pub Bloomsbury is an area of central London, in the Borough of Camden, named after early landowner William de Blemund who acquired the land in 1201. ...

Nearest tube stations

Charing Cross tube station of the London Underground serves both the Northern Line and Bakerloo Line networks and provides an interconnect with the national railway network at Charing Cross station. ... Embankment station, April 2002 Embankment tube station is a London Underground station in the City of Westminster. ... Leicester Square tube station Leicester Square Tube Station is a station on the London Underground, located on Charing Cross Road, a short distance to the east of Leicester Square itself. ... The facade of Waterloo Station. ... Categories: Circle Line stations | District Line stations | Jubilee Line stations | London Underground stubs ...

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Charing Cross - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (319 words)
The name Charing Cross, now given to a district of central London in the City of Westminster, comes from the original hamlet of Charing, where King Edward I placed a memorial to his wife, Eleanor of Castile.
The one which stands at Charing Cross, in front of the railway station, is a re-located Victorian "copy" (designed by architect Edward Middleton Barry) of the original, which was not nearly as large or ornate as the Victorian version.
The name Charing Cross derives from the old English word charing, meaning a bend in the river; thus, the Charing Cross is "the cross by the bend in the river".
Charing Cross railway station - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (429 words)
London Charing Cross station is a central London railway terminus which is unusual in that its train services directly connect to two other railway termini; Waterloo and London Bridge.
The station takes its name from the Charing Cross district of London, which itself is named after the twelfth Eleanor cross, which stands in front of the station.
A year later the Charing Cross Hotel, designed by Edward Middleton Barry, opened on 15 May 1865 and gave the station an ornate frontage in the French Renaissance style.
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