Langton by Wragby’s links with Magna Carta

Langton by Wragby
Langton by Wragby

Langton by Wragby’s historical links with the famous Magna Carta have been highlighted.

Steve Brown, the vicar’s husband of Odiham in Hampshire, recently delivered a Magna Carta anthem manuscript to the PCC of St Giles, Langton by Wragby.

He is taking a manuscript to towns with original links to the Magna Carta.

There are plans to establish a national cycle trail ahead of celebrations next year to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

The trail starts in Odiham, home of King John’s castle, and continues to Winchester, Salisbury, Oxford, Hereford, Durham, Lincoln, Langton by Wragby, Bury St Edmonds, St Albans, Runnymede, London and Canterbury.

Langton is the birthplace of Archbishop Stephen Langton, who was one of the principal signatories on the Magna Carta, which dates from 1215.

That was the year King John set off from Odiham to reluctantly sign the Magna Carta at Runnymede.

The new anthem will be sung at various venues in 2015, including Langton on Sunday May 17.

Steve Brown, who is cycling to all the Magna Carta towns, is pictured handing the manuscript to Chris Hinkin, organist of St Mary’s Church, Horncastle, who will arrange a choir to sing the anthem at Langton.

Other celebrations are in the pipeline for Langton with an eminent speaker planned for Friday May 15, 2015, and a new Magna Carta walk to Lincoln.