Eight hundred years ago at Runnymede, Magna Carta was sealed by King John in front of the feudal barons. ‘The Great Charter’ held the king accountable to the law. As witness to the historic events of 15 June 1215, Runnymede is seen by many as the foundation of liberty. Runnymede was saved from development in 1929 by the philanthropist Urban Broughton of Anglesey Abbey who died later that year. It was gifted to the National Trust by his widow Lady Fairhaven and her sons in 1931 in his memory in order to preserve it for future generations. Now in its care, Runnymede is the focus for the world on this important anniversary. It provides an ideal place to pause and reflect on the history of the struggle for freedom. At a special event yesterday

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