Magna Carta 800

Thirsk is one of the original 25 Magna Carta Baron Towns, for more information on the Magna Carta Please use the links below

Magna Carta Magna Carta 800

The above crest is that of William de Mowbray, one of the Magna Carta Barons who owned land around Thirsk

William de Mowbray William de Mowbray biography


Events to celebrate this most important event in english history will be published here as and when details are available.

MARCH 2015

5th March - the Mayor of Thirsk will receive a facsimile copy of the Charter from the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd CBE. The present Lord Mowbray will also be in attendance. The event will take place on Thursday 5 March at 10.00am at Castlegarth, once the site of Thirsk Castle. Picture and article

MAY 2015

12th May - Councillor from Thirsk, will at their own expense, attend a reception in The Mansion House, London

JUNE 2015

13th June - A Medieval Festival has been organised by Thirsk Rotary Club, it will be held on Thirsk Racecourse 10am to 4pm. Full details at

Magna Carta 800 - Medieval Festival

13th JUNE FRANKLAND ARMS MEDIEVAL PARTY from 8pm As part of Thirsk's Medieval Weekend celebrations marking the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta we will be hosting a party on the Saturday evening! The pub will be decorated and we hope many of you will make the effort to come in fancy dress. So if you're a Game of Thrones fan, a Vikings fan or enjoy the history, mystery and adventure of Medieval England you do not want to miss this night!

26th June - Lance Allan from Trowbridge Magna Carta Town will arrive in Thirsk in the morning of Friday 26 June 2015. Mr Allan is cycling round all 25 of the Magna Carta towns. He will be given refreshments in the Golden Fleece before continues his journey.

JULY 2015

31st July - Magna Carta Barons face trial 800 years on The Trial