History Group – 5th May report.


We were very privileged to welcome Edward Probert, Canon-Chancellor and Sub Dean at Salisbury Cathedral, talking on the subject:-  ‘The Magna Carta and Salisbury: the power of words’, in this 800th anniversary year of its signing.

He gave a most enthralling talk about the significance in history (or not) of this important document and brought along a wonderful life size copy of the original document held at the Cathedral, one of only 4 originals known in the world.  We learned of King John, a most untrustworthy King, who only signed the documents with the security clause ‘the promise that 25 Barons will hold him to the agreement’ so not really under his own free will!  Indeed the King did a deal with the Pope to allow Stephen Langton to be ordained as the Archbishop of Canterbury in order to have the Pope annul the document only a few months later.  But this was not the end of the Magna Carta as it was consequently re-released several times over the coming decades, each time with amendments to please the Barons and people, until 1300.

This document has been used in the past to support ideas and legal claims in some very important historical events, none more so perhaps than during the time of the Civil War and the events leading up to the execution of King Charles I.

There are many events happening in Salisbury over the summer to commemorate the signing of this historic document and you are even able to see the original Magna Carta in a wonderful exhibition at the Cathedral.  So if you wish to see and know more, please check out the Salisbury Cathedral website – http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk and follow the links to Magna Carta.

The Speaker for our next meeting on Tuesday, 2nd June is Colin Carter who will be letting us know that there is ‘More to Wellington than Waterloo’, in this, the 200th year of the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a most topical subject indeed.

We meet on the first Tuesday evening of every month (except August and January) at Waltham Chase Methodist Church in Curdridge Lane

(SO32 2LD) @ 7.30pm.


There is plenty of car parking at the rear of the church or one can easily access the church on foot from the front entrance. The accommodation used is warm, has comfortable chairs, with good visuals and sound system fit for the purpose.


Admission is £2.50, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits following the talk.


Everyone is very welcome to our meetings – no joining fee, just pay at the door when you choose to come. We look forward to seeing you.


Details of our activities are on the Waltham Chase Village website – www.walthamchase.org.uk under Groups – and our programme for 2015 can be found there too. Come along and discover more.


You are assured of a warm welcome!


Linda Dudley (01489 896690) on behalf of WALTHAM CHASE HISTORY GROUP


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