The original cross (the final one of 12 which marked the stages of the coffin's journey) was destroyed in the 17th century, and an equestrian statue of Charles I now stands in its place. A bronze plaque in the pavement behind the statue (placed there in 1955) marks the official centre of London, from which mileages are measured.
Charing represents a name recorded from the Anglo-Saxon period, rather than an alteration of chère reine, as is sometimes suggested.
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