Celebrating the Magna Carta in Wales with Cadw

Sunday 23 November 2014

The 800th anniversary of the charter that changed the face of history celebrated at historic sites

Picture of Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle

In 1215, in a field in Runnymede, a charter was sealed by King John which changed the face of history – the Magna Carta. One man who was present at the sealing of Magna Carta, and whose name appears along with his son, was one William Marshal - ‘the Greatest Knight’, Earl of Pembroke and Chepstow and later Regent of England.

In celebration of this momentous occasion, Cadw will be marking the 800th anniversary  of the sealing of Magna Carta in 2015 with a series of events and activities at two of its sites – the castles at Chepstow and Cilgerran, both of which were strategically important to William Marshal.

A trail will encourage visitors to follow the story of Magna Carta across south Wales sites, and link to the sites along its path that has connections with the Marshal family. The trail will be ‘bookended’ at the most easterly and westerly Cadw sites of the country by two magnificent willow sculptures.

The celebrations have been made possible by the awarding of a grant by the Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee and will serve to highlight and profile William Marshal’s contribution to this world famous event.

Cilgerran castle’s custodian, Catherine Collins said, “We are delighted to receive this funding from the Magna Carta Trust for such an important anniversary. William Marshal is a forgotten hero of medieval history and this award will allow visitors to Wales to learn more about this great man and his connection with Wales and the Magna Carta.”

The Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee is charged by the Magna Carta Trust to co-ordinate activities, raise the profile of the anniversary and deliver a number of key national and international aspirations. For more information, visit the Magna Carta 800 website.