An associated plaque states :-
"One of the great love stories of the medieval age, the love of Edward I for his wife Eleanor of Castile, is commemorated in the sculpture, the soaring spire to your right.
They were married for 36 years and were inseparable; the Queen even went with her husband on the Crusades.
When Eleanor died in I290 of a 'slow fever', at Harby near Lincoln, Edward resolved to honour her memory.
He built a monument at the cross roads in each of the towns where the Queen's body rested overnight on the way to burial in Westminster Abbey, in the hope that pilgrims and those passing by would pray for her soul.
There were originally twelve monuments, at Lincoln, Grantham, Stamford, Geddington, Hardingstone, Stony Stratford, Woburn, Dunstable, St. Albans, Waltham, Cheapside and Charing Cross, but only the three at Northampton, Geddington and Waltham have survived.
All that remains of our Eleanor Cross is a small fragment of a rose carved in stone which is now displayed in Stamford Museum.
This symbol of a remarkable love has inspired the sculpture by Wolfgang Buttress which celebrates Stamford's place in Eleanor's story.
Pupils of Queen Eleanor Technology College have written short haiku poems, elegant 17 syllable phrases, which have been carved into the bronze studs surrounding the sculpture"
DB 3 July 2019