TL8564 : Magna Carta Tablet, Bury St Edmunds Abbey

taken 6 years ago, near to Bury st Edmunds, Suffolk, Great Britain

Magna Carta Tablet, Bury St Edmunds Abbey
Magna Carta Tablet, Bury St Edmunds Abbey
The motto of Bury St Edmund is "Sacrarium Regis, Canabula Legis", Latin for "Shrine of a king, cradle of the law", which combines the town's links with Edmund and Magna Carta.

Legend has it that the barons responsible for the Magna Carta LinkExternal link met at the shrine of St Edmund in 1214 to swear an oath that they would force King John to accept their Charter of Liberties. This is commemorated by this tablet fixed to the remains.

NEAR THIS SPOT
ON THE 20th NOVEMBER A.D. 1214
CARDINAL LANGTON & THE BARONS
SWORE AT St EDMUND'S ALTAR
THAT THEY WOULD OBTAIN FROM
KING JOHN
THE RATIFICATION OF
MAGNA CHARTA.

WHERE THE RUDE BUTTRESS TOTTERS TO ITS FALL,
AND IVY MANTLES O'ER THE CRUMBLING WALL;
WHERE E'EN THE SKILFUL EYE CAN SCARCELY TRACE
THE ONCE HIGH ALTAR'S LOWLY RESTING PLACE.
LET PATRIOTIC FANCY MUSE AWHILE
AMID THE RUINS OF THIS ANCIENT PILE.
SIX WEARY CENTURIES HAVE PAST AWAY;
PALACE AND ABBEY MOULKDER IN DECAY.
COLD DEATH ENSHROUDS THE LEARNED AND THE BRAVE.
LANGTON-FITZ WALTER-SLUMBER IN THE GRAVE,
BUT STILL WE READ IN DEATHLESS RECORDS HOW
THE HIGH SOUL'D PRIEST CONFIRM'D THE BARONS' VOW;
AND FREEDOM UNFORGETFUL STILL RECITES
THIS SECOND BIRTH-PLCE OF OUR NATIVE RIGHTS.
J MUSKETT 1847
Bury St Edmunds Abbey Gardens
The Abbey Gardens, created within the walls of the former mediŠval monastery LinkExternal link , are a mixture of formal bedding displays, quiet corners and open spaces for relaxation. The park was first laid out as botanic gardens in 1831 and has been open to the public since 1912.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 3 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 8 August, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Derelict, Disused  People, Events 
Date (from Tags)
1214  1847 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 8573 6410 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:14.6243N 0:43.1397E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 8573 6410
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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