Cheapside is a street in the City of London. Cheapside is a common English street name, meaning “market place”, from Old English ceapan, ‘to buy’.
Evelyn mentions the distruction of the Cheapside cross in 1643. This cross was one of twelve “Eleanor crosses” which were a series of lavishly decorated stone monuments topped with tall crosses in a line down part of the east of England. King Edward I had the crosses erected between 1291 and 1294 in memory of his wife Eleanor of Castile, marking the nightly resting-places along the route taken when her body was transported to London.
Only three are standing today.
- Wikipedia for background.