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St Albans Cathedral says goodbye to Magna Carta
St Albans Cathedral will bid farewell to one of the most important documents in English history on Friday.
The Abbey will say goodbye to an original Magna Carta, which has seen unprecedented visitor numbers flock to the city since its arrival from Lincoln Cathedral on August 1.
Over 14,500 adults and children have visited the exhibition and seen the historical documents, which was installed to celebrate the 800th anniversary since the very first meeting took place at the Abbey which led to its writing.
The Very Revd. Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans Cathedral said: "It has been an enormous privilege to host Magna Carta.
"It has never been here before, but exactly 800 years ago on 4th August 1213 St Albans Abbey held the first of several meetings of bishops and barons which led to it being written.
"The crowds of people queuing to see it have testified to the interest and excitement it has generated in people of all ages.
"We are extremely grateful to the city council, Lincoln Cathedral, our sponsors and the many volunteers who have very generously made this exhibition possible."
An army of volunteers have helped bring the history of Magna Carta to life at the place where it all began, through workshops, family trails, lectures and interactive sessions’ children and adults alike have been taken on an historic journey.
Demand for the Medieval Workshops also sold out as youngsters mixed their own medieval ink and wrote with quills. As the Lincoln Magna Carta returns home, it will soon be on the road again as it heads to Bury St Edmunds for a new public exhibition.
The Mayor of St Albans, Annie Brewster, said it had been an honour to have the original 1213 copy on show in the city and she was sad to see it leave.
She said: "St Albans has certainly felt the Magna Carta effect as we have enjoyed many stunning inaugural events for the 800th Anniversary. "I would like to congratulate everyone involved, particularly the team at the Cathedral who have created such a marvellous Magna Carta experience for the thousands of visitors who have patiently queued up to see it .
"Good luck to our sister Magna Carta cities for their celebrations leading up to 2015 anniversary of the actual sealing of the document at Runnymede."
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