This donation is really thanks to Joyce Stevenson, who gave last month’s interesting talk on the Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest. She generously waived any speaker’s fee and suggested instead this double commemoration, on behalf of West Deeping Heritage Group.
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West Deeping Heritage Group marks the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest with a talk on Wednesday 4th October
- The Charter of the Forests 1217
One of the most celebrated documents in history, the Magna Carta of 1215 was King John’s agreement to safeguard the rights, privileges and liberties of the clergy and nobility. Not so well-known is Henry III’s Charter of the Forest, issued on November 6, 1217. It re-established rights of access to the royal forest that had been eroded by William the Conqueror and his heirs. Many of its provisions, enabling free men to use the landscape for foraging, firewood and farming, were in force for centuries afterwards.
Only two copies of the original 1217 Charter of the Forest survive today, one of which can be seen at Lincoln Castle alongside its 1215 Magna Carta counterpart. (For opening hours, follow the link Lincoln Castle).
Last Friday, 23rd September, the Dean of Lincoln Christine Wilson welcomed more than 800 guests to a special black tie dinner at Lincoln Cathedral to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Charter of the Forest. The event featured fine food and entertainment from within the nave, which had been adorned with forest greenery.
West Deeping Heritage Group celebrates in a rather more humble way! The group meets on Wednesday 4th October for a slide presentation by local historian Joyce Stevenson taking us on an 800-year-journey in time, linking Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest with the 21st century. Present day St Albans, Bury St Edmunds, Runnymede and Lincoln, along with our forests and woodlands, tell a story of the two hugely important historical documents.
Join us at 7 pm for 7.30 p.m
at the Village Hall, King Street,
dnesday 4th October