Richard's Photo Gallery - Runnymede

AT Runnymede, at Runnymede,
What say the reeds at Runnymede?
The lissom reeds that give and take,
That bend so far, but never break.

Rudyard Kipling, The Reeds of Runnymede

The Runnymede memorial Location Surrey, between Egham & Windsor, off the A308.
Date 1995 April 27th.
Lens 50mm F1.8, pl.filt.
Expose 1/60
Film 200 ISO Kodak Gold

Wedged between the M3, the M25, the M4 and within 5km of Heathrow airport Runnymede still retains some of the charm it must have had in June 1215 when King John signed an agreement, now called the Magna Carta, with 25 of his barons. The pavillions on both sides of the road at the ends of the meadow were designed in 1930 by Edwin Landseer Lutyens. There is also a monument erected by the American Bar Association - which was careful not to understate the significance of the document (no writs, please, I'm British).

The Kennedy memorial Lens 50mm F1.8, pl.filt.
Expose 1/125

Not British, however, is the patch of ground set aside for this memorial to John F. Kennedy, located a few metres away from part of Brunel University.

The Air Forces Memorial Lens 50mm F1.8, pl.filt.
Expose 1/1000

High above these, on Cooper's Hill slopes with a fine view over the River Thames and West London, is the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial. This has a rather striking design by Edward Maufe who also worked on Guildford Cathedral.


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