Magna Carta Memorial

Runnymede Meadow, Near Egham, Surrey




1957:  Magna Carta Memorial  - Standing at the foot of the Cooper's Hill Slopes is a memorial to the Magna Carta

in the form of a domed classical temple containing a pillar of English granite on which is inscribed:

'To commemorate Magna Carta, symbol of Freedom Under Law.'  

This was built by the American Bar Association on land leased by the Magna Carta Trust.

It was paid for by voluntary contributions of some 9,000 American lawyers. 

The memorial was designed by Sir Edward Maufe R.A. and unveiled on 18 July 1957

at a ceremony attended by American and English lawyers.





















Magna Carta Tea Rooms  &  Runnymede 1215 Art Gallery


Fairhaven Memorial Lodges, designed and built by Edwin Lutyens and given to the national Trust in

1931 by Lady Fairhaven. They are matched in design by a pair of kiosks at the southern end of

Runnymede Meadow, near the Runnymede-On-Thames Hotel.







Urban Hanlon Broughton Memorials  ::   After the death of Urban Broughton in 1929, Sir Edwin Lutyens was

commissioned to design a memorial consisting of kiosks and piers at the Egham end and with lodges and piers

at the Windsor end. Lutyens also designed a low wide arch bridge to carry the main road over the Thames,

integrating the road layout and bridge design into his plans for the memorials. The kiosks were moved to their

present location when the M25 motorway was constructed.  There are two octagonal kiosks with piers facing

each other across the A308 towards Egham. These piers are a shorter version of those adjacent to the lodges

either side of the same road towards Old Windsor in the Long Mede area of Runnymede.

The lodges show typical Lutyens design features with steeply angled roofs, large false chimneys

and no rain water gutters at the eves. The piers carry similar inscriptions.

The memorials were opened in 1932 by the Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) and are Grade II listed buildings.




The Runnymede Meadow extends southwards to the A30 Egham Bypass and comprises some 188 acres in area.

It was given to the National Trust in 1931 by Lady Fairhaven. The meadows were used as a site for the

Egham Racecourse from 1734-1884 when racing was moved to Kempton Park due to large gangs of London pickpockets

invading the Egham meetings.  On 31/12/1943 a US Airfoce B-17 bomber crash landed on the Meadow and all

the crew escaped unhurt.  Beyond the Meadow is Cooper’s Hill Woods – 110 acres in area,

which was given to the National Trust in 1964 by Egham Urban District Council.













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