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Commemorative Urns at North End of Runnymede Meadows

A Grade II Listed Building in Runnymede, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.4485 / 51°26'54"N

Longitude: -0.5672 / 0°34'1"W

OS Eastings: 499662

OS Northings: 173141

OS Grid: SU996731

Mapcode National: GBR F91.1FW

Mapcode Global: VHFTH.3VZG

Entry Name: Commemorative Urns at North End of Runnymede Meadows

Listing Date: 17 November 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1028924

English Heritage Legacy ID: 289769

Location: Runnymede, Surrey, SL4

County: Surrey

District: Runnymede

Town: Runnymede

Electoral Ward/Division: Horton and Wraysbury

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Egham

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

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Pair of commemorative urns by Sir Edwin Lutyens, 1929.


Pair of commemorative urns by Sir Edwin Lutyens 1929. Stone block on plinth with recessed entablature as on Lodges, crowned with a formalised stone urn on a laurel wreath inscribed 'Donation of Meadows to the Nation in memory of Urban Hanlon Broughton 1857-1929 by his widow and two sons. Dedicated 18 December 1929'.

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


The urns, which are by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, are situated at the north end of Runnymede Meadows. They commemorate the donation of the meadows to the nation by Lady Fairhaven (and sons) in memory of her husband Sir Urban Broughton MP, who was known for his charitable works.

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.

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