Magna Charta Island
Photographer: Sedgfield, William Russell
Medium: Photographic print
"Charter Island, or Magna Charta Island, lies in the Thames, opposite the famous plain of Runnimede, from which the view is taken...The greyish white gothic cottage, an enlargement of an older building, contrasts prettily with the dark green of the trees which stand around it. The island and the meadow opposite divide between them the honour of having been the scene where King John signed the Great Charter of English liberty, memorials of which are preserved in an old room, close to which the modern cottage adjoins. The island is in the parish of Wraysbury, Bucks, and is separated by a little stream from the groves of Ankerwyke House. From the level of Runnimede, in Egham parish, on the Surrey bank, rises the 'rough ground' of Cooper's Hill, a gentle and agreeably wooded eminence commanding a beautiful prospect."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'The Thames Illustrated by Photographs'