Magna Carta 800
Throughout 2015, Trowbridge played a great part in the nationwide celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. This was mainly due to its historical status as one of the 23 baron towns which campaigned to have the then ruler King John sign the document in 1215. Below you will find articles highlighting some of the events that took place.
The occasion commemorated the seizure of London in May 1215, when forces supporting the barons forced King John into negotiations which resulted in the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede in June of that year.
Trowbridge was home to one of the Magna Carta Barons, Henry de Bohun. In February 2015 the Town Council successfully secured a National Heritage Lottery grant of £13,700, this was in addition to the £10,000 that had been secured from the 800th Anniversary Committee in November 2014, to support a series of high profile events and activities to celebrate its rich Magna Carta heritage.
Trowbridge’s Civic Centre was the chosen venue for the world premiere of Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain. This sell-out event included a special Magna Carta element including a reference to Henry de Bohun.
The Trowbridge in Bloom Committee made Magna Carta and Baron Henry de Bohun the focus for their competitions starting with the Secondary Schools Public Speaking Contest in February when the Sixth Form Teams’ subject was Is Magna Carta still relevant today? The theme continued with the use of Henry’s Baronial colours of blue/white and gold used in public and residential planting. The Big Community Grow made full use of our perfectly located Park and organised a wonderful Magna Carta Liberteas Big Lunch.
2015 has definitely been the year to truly Discover Trowbridge - the Magna Carta Baron Town!
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Angela and Andy Milroy were presented with a Certificate of Civic Appreciation at a special awards evening to celebrate all of the efforts by local groups and individuals for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The couple had been at the forefront of a series of events honouring Trowbridge’s Henry de Bohun, one of the rebel barons who forced King John to negotiate and consequently seal the Magna Carta.
The couple, Trowbridge residents for more than 40 years, added they first became interested in the Magna Carta after finding out that Henry de Bohun was from the town. Mr Milroy said: “We got involved because we find it so interesting and it opened up a whole new interest for people in Trowbridge to learn about the heritage of the town. It has received a huge amount of support and for me, I think the highlight was seeing the Henry de Bohun statue in the museum which was very popular.”