Eleanor of Provence

(1223 Ė 1291)

 

Eleanor was the younger sister of the Queen of France. She married Henry III of England and had nine children including Edward I, the great castle builder. She had a strong character and was resented by the English barons for her promotion at court of her kinsfolk.

 

Her influence can be seen at Grosmont Castle and church. It is said that French architects designed Grosmont church, and the large vestry to the south of the chancel is called Queen Eleanorís chapel.  She is also said to have brought over architects to build a beautiful set of apartments in the castle. A finely carved chimney in delicate style, named Eleanorís chimney, contrasts strangely with the heavy masonry of the walls.