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Town ready for Magna Carta

Project Manager Alan Baxter with a picture of the new leaflet about the Magna Carta 800 exhibition in Bury St Edmunds ANL-140415-123859001

Project Manager Alan Baxter with a picture of the new leaflet about the Magna Carta 800 exhibition in Bury St Edmunds ANL-140415-123859001

Bury St Edmunds’s part in the Magna Carta story has been recorded in cloth as the final preparations are made for the charter’s display in the town.

An original 1215 copy of the Magna Carta, on loan from Lincoln Cathedral, will be displayed in St Edmundsbury Cathedral from May 1 to 31 to mark the 800th anniversary of its drawing up.

It is said that 25 barons met at Bury’s abbey in 1214, with the Archbishop of Canterbury, and swore an oath to force King John to put his seal to the charter at Runnymeade in 1215.

A panel for a 10-panel embroidery commissioned by Runnymeade Council has just been completed, depicting Bury’s part in the story.

It has been designed and stitched by embroiderer Rhoda Nevins who was part of the team that embroidered Jubilee vestments for the Bishop of Southwark.

It will be displayed, with other panels, at a civic reception in Bury to mark the arrival of the charter in the town.

The Magna Carter 800 project has been organised by a partnership of The Bury Society, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the borough council with £86,400 of Heritage Lottery funding.

Project manager Alan Baxter said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this celebrated piece of British history here in Bury.”

Viewing the charter is free but admission numbers are limited so it is best to book in advance at www.westsuffolkdiary.co.uk

 

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