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Worcester and Evesham, Worcestershire

Worcestershire has had a fair few battles fought in the name of freedom on its soil, as well as the infamous King John buried in Worcester Cathedral.

For 800 years, Magna Carta has influenced constitutional thinking worldwide, affecting billions of people in over 100 countries.

There are various events taking place across the county around the themes of liberty and democracy. Bring the "Great Charter" alive in 2015 and discover heritage attractions and historic sites relevant to the liberties we enjoy today.

King John often visited Worcester Cathedral to worship at the shrine of St Wulfstan. In October 1216, following his death, King John was buried at the cathedral, as requested in his will. His will is usually kept in the Cathedral Library and his effigy, the oldest royal effigy in England, is in front of the High Altar.

Travel to the riverside market town of Evesham and follow the Simon de Montfort Trail, learning how de Montfort led the rebellion against King Henry III during the Second Barons' War of 1264–7.

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View of the magnificent Worcester Cathedral rising up alongside the River SevernView of the magnificent Worcester Cathedral © Pete Cheshire
Ancient medieval book in the Cathedral library
Tomb of King John© Christopher Guy
Upclose view of the outside of Worcester Cathedral

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