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Runnymede (meaning meadow at the island where councils are held) lies on the south bank of the River Thames between Egham and Windsor. Its use as an official place of assembly goes back into the Anglo-Saxon era, but it is as the venue for that meeting between King John and the barons that brought about the “signing” of the Magna Carta on 15 June 1215 that has cemented its place in history.

The site has been run by the British “National Trust” since 1931 and also contains a memorial to U.S. president John F. Kennedy.