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Charing Cross

Charing Cross /ˌærɪŋ ˈkrɒs/ denotes the junction of Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street, just south of Trafalgar Square in central London. It gives its name to several landmarks, including Charing Cross railway station, one of the main London rail terminals.

Charing Cross is named after the Eleanor cross that stood on the site, in what was once the hamlet of Charing. The site of the cross has been occupied since 1675 by an equestrian statue of King Charles I. A loose Victorian replica of the medieval cross, the Queen Eleanor Memorial Cross, was erected a short distance to the east outside the railway station.

Until 1931, "Charing Cross" referred to the part Whitehall between Great Scotland Yard and Trafalgar Square. At least one property retains a "Charing Cross" postal address: Drummonds Bank, on the corner of Whitehall and The Mall, which is designated "49 Charing Cross" (not to be confused with Charing Cross Road).

Since the second half of the 18th century, Charing Cross has been seen by some as the exact "centre of London". It is a point used to measure distances from London (as were the London Stone, Hicks Hall and the doors of St Mary-le-Bow church).

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Alternative titles "Charing Cross Station"
"Charing Cross station"
"Charing Cross Railway Station"
"Charing Cross Underground Station"
"Charing Cross railway station"
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