MAGNA CARTA HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1117646

Date first listed: 26-Apr-1984

Statutory Address: MAGNA CARTA HOUSE, MAGNA CARTA LANE, MAGNA CARTA ISLAND

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Location

Statutory Address: MAGNA CARTA HOUSE, MAGNA CARTA LANE, MAGNA CARTA ISLAND

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Windsor and Maidenhead (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Wraysbury

National Grid Reference: SU 99904 73005

Summary

Original house 1834, built by George Simon Harcourt to commemorate the sealing signing of Magna Carta.

Reasons for Designation

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

History

Magna Carta House was built by George Simon Harcourt in 1834 to commemorate the sealing of Magna Carta.

Magna Carta, which means ‘Great Charter’, was sealed at Runnymede on 15th June 1215. This was an agreement between King John and his barons and clergy which, for the first time, made the monarch subject to the laws of the land. It also gave free men the right to justice and a fair trial. Over the subsequent 800 years it has influenced many constitutional documents including the United States’ Bill of Rights.

Runnymede today is a memorial landscape to the on-going struggle for democracy and liberty.

Details

Original house 1834, built by George Simon Harcourt to commemorate the sealing of Magna Carta. Small irregular stone house, 'Norman' style, many gables, open porch. High pitched Welsh slate roofs, cylindrical stone chimneys. Windows, round headed, chamfered and moulded surrounds, some paired under drip moulds. Large extension, early C20, similar style, painted brick walls, Welsh slate roofs, similar pitch matching chimneys. Two storeys, irregular fenestration closely related to original. Interior: much imported Jacobean panelling of good quality. A little later stained glass. Stone chimney pieces, one round arched, one square and hooded. Octagonal fixed wooden table with turned legs with circular commemorative stone let into top, situated in Magna Carta Room.



This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 12/06/2015

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 40701

Legacy System: LBS

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