We found this little place by chance when visiting Woburn as one of the 12 places between Lincoln and London that had an 'Eleanor Cross' - tributes dating back to the 1290's when Edward I ordered memorials to be erected in memory of his wife, Eleanor of Castile.
She died in Lincolnshire, and when her body was brought back to London, the cortege needed 12 days to make the journey - each overnight stopping place was honoured with a decorated and carved stone plinth with statues of Eleanor and a cross on the top.
Sadly there is no trace of the Woburn Cross extant, but there is a description of the above story in the museum, and someone (sorry, I don't remember who) has made a little model of what it is thought the cross looked like. We were delighted to find all this information, well laid out, and the volunteer lady at the info desk was very helpful - she was interested to learn that we were trying to visit all 12 sites!
The museum also has very interesting exhibits of local life down through the centuries. Well worth a visit; but do check the opening hours, it is not always open out of season or every day.
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