Pleshey prepares for its big event!

by Peter Sinclair on April 27, 2015

Preparation 1, photo Vikki Lince, Herst and Essex OserverPleshey is preparing for its medieval weekend on its motte and bailey castle  on 9 and 10 May. A great festival of re-enactments of battle training and combat, a medieval encampment, court jester, minstrels, falconry and more.

Photograph courtesy of Vikki Lince and Herts and Essex Observer



‘Magna Charta’ roses are planted in Curry Mallet

by Peter Sinclair on April 26, 2015

One of the first horticultural displays featuring an old variety of rose called ‘Magna Charta’ was planted in Curry Mallet, Somerset, just before it rained this Saturday 25 April. A new sign will be erected behind the display later. Curry Mallet was the chief manor of William Malet, one of the twenty-five Magna Carta barons.

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Opening a heritage trail from Clare Castle to Hedingham Castle

April 26, 2015

Villagers from Castle Hedingham posing as characters from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to promote their celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The inaugural walk to open a heritage trail about 8.5 miles long on ancient tracks from Clare Castle to Hedingham Castle was planned for Saturday 25 April. Photo courtesy Halstead Express

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Magna Carta, Robert de Ros and Helmsley

April 7, 2015

A new video by one of our MCBA trustees! Impressive…

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The King John Oak

February 23, 2015

As part of our activities to celebrate Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary, a number of our Barons’ towns and villages will be planting oak saplings next year or in 2017, grown from grafts taken from the only living oak tree that King John is known to have sheltered under 800 years ago! On Saturday, cuttings were […]

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Magna Carta Song

February 9, 2015

A new song to entertain you, courtesy of CBBC! But read the Magna Carta poem too…

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Magna Carta conference

January 26, 2015

King John and Magna Carta England: The Reality Behind the Myth Trowbridge, home to Henry de Bohun, one of the 25 barons, will be hosting an entertaining event at its Civic Centre on Saturday 25th April 2015, with a full day of informative seminars by some of the country’s leading historians.

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January 18, 2015

We are delighted to announce  that the MAGNA CARTA SHOOT will be taking place on SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2015 at Windsor Home Park. It is being hosted by Wraysbury village and organised by the Windsor Forest Bowmen, and is open to all longbow, recurve and compound archers who are members of a recognised archery association. […]

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New Magna Carta merchandise now available!

January 11, 2015

We’ve just updated our SHOP with new merchandise to purchase online or direct from our member towns and villages. Take a look! Our full-colour greetings card (£2) and tea towel (£5.99) illustrating the arms the Magna Carta Barons are both in stock now, as well as the reproduction of a 1215 Magna Carta and a […]

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Walkern wins £30K Heritage Lottery Funding

September 13, 2014

Walkern, the only village in Hertfordshire with a Magna Carta baron, has been successful in it’s bid for £29,700 from Heritage Lottery Fund. The Walkern Magna Carta 800th project, for which the village has raised an extra £10,000, is a community project run by the local history society, and encompasses two years of events and […]

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