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Sculpture is a lasting legacy of Bury’s Magna Carta celebrations




Unveiling of Magna Carta sculpture in the Abbey Gardens by Mayor Patrick Chung and Professor David Carpenter, a historian from King's College London ANL-160702-205457009
Unveiling of Magna Carta sculpture in the Abbey Gardens by Mayor Patrick Chung and Professor David Carpenter, a historian from King's College London ANL-160702-205457009

A sculpture has been unveiled in Bury St Edmunds as a lasting legacy of the town’s Magna Carta celebrations.

The stainless steel and bronze piece in the Abbey Gardens marks the town’s vital role in the creation of the charter, which is responsible for many of the rights and freedoms held today.

Margaret Charlesworth, Magna Carta Trustee for Bury, said the idea for a lasting memorial was kickstarted by master stone mason Brian Ansell but ill health prevented him from being able to continue with the project.

After going out to tender, artist blacksmith Nigel Kaines was chosen to create the piece.

Mr Kaines, of Designs on Metal in Stowlangtoft, said: “I wanted to make it contemporary but with a medieval reference so there’s the bronze forming a timeline scroll and then you’ve got the staffs with the banners. I’m absolutely delighted with the way it sits and where it is in such a prominent position. I hope lots of people agree with me.”

The base of the sculpture is made from Abbey stone by Jonathan Presley. It was funded by the national Magna Carta 800 Committee and Bury Town Council.

Bury St Edmunds had a significant role in the history of the Magna Carta.

A group of 25 Barons and the Archbishop of Canterbury met at the Abbey in 1214 to swear an oath to force King John to put his seal to the charter at Runnymede the following year.

In 2014, an original 1215 copy of Magna Carta was displayed in St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the town hosted a light and sound show.



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