Magna Carta Day – 15 June

Magna Carta was signed on 15 June 1215 at Runnymede near Windsor by King John and his Barons.

It promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a council of 25 barons. This council would later develop into Parliament.

The British Library has two original copies that are now more than 800 years old.

Greening Phoenix Road

Phoenix Road runs through the middle of Somers Town, connecting Euston Station and Saint Pancras Station, and running past the Crick Institute.

It is commonly used by people walking between the two stations, and will probably get busier after the upgrades to Euston Station.

It is fair to say that some parts of the route could do with a makeover – but what should they do? Have your say!

Screengrab from Greening Phoenix Road website

Cecil Rhodes House in Somers Town to be renamed

Residents in Cecil Rhodes House have voted to rename the building Park View House, after the building’s views over St Pancras Gardens.

https://news.camden.gov.uk/cecil-rhodes-house-renamed-by-residents/

Cecil Rhodes is a controversial figure, to say the least, these days. He believed in expanding the British Empire, and that white Europeans were the “supreme race”. He was Prime Minster of the Cape Colony (now South Africa), and the country of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) was named after him. He founded the De Beers diamond company to exploit Africa’s mineral wealth, and he established the Rhodes Scholarship. A statue of him in Oxford is to be taken down this year after Black Lives Matter protests last year.