WHS Trip to Wraysbury and Runnymede
On 6th July 2013, a coachload of Walkern villagers enjoyed a day trip, on the invitation of Wraysbury Parish Council, to see the Ankerwycke Yew – the 2500 year old tree under which it is thought that King John met the rebel barons and Magna Carta was sealed. [Photo Gallery is below]
We were met by Parish Councillors Diana Hughes and Margaret Lenton, and set off from the beautiful, 900 year old parish church of St Andrews in what what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year. After a fairly eventful ramble (gate-leaping was optional!) composure was restored in the shade of the venerable yew and at the site of St Mary’s Priory. A picnic lunch was enjoyed at Wraysbury Village Hall, accompanied by the sound of bat on ball as Wraysbury Cricket Club beat Braywood CC. After lunch, we made the short journey to Runnymede boathouse to board the ‘Lucy Fisher’ paddle steamer for a gentle boatride to view the Magna Carta sites from the river.
Walkern History Society would like to thank Margaret, Diana, and Wraysbury Parish Council for inviting us and for providing teas and coffees; to Richmonds Coaches, especially Mick our driver; and to Derek and Eloise from French Brothers Boat Trips. Finally, a huge thank you to Dave Rendall for finding the correct route and for rounding everyone up…