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Long Crendon’s Magna Charta rose garden will form part of the lasting reminders for future generations of villagers of the importance of Magna Carta in the history of democracy of the roles played by their Lord of the Manor, William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, and his eldest son, William Marshal the Younger, in the preparation and sealing of the Charter in 1215.

William Marshal senior was an intermediary for King John in the negotiations with the rebel Barons and William Marshal the Younger was one of the 25 Barons elected to oversee King John’s adherence to Magna Carta. William Marshal, senior as Regent of England, subsequent to the death of John, reissued Magna Carta in 1216 and 1217.

The garden will consist of Magna Charta roses and an oak sapling. It will be sited on a prominent position in the centre of the village.

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