The 'Field of Runes.'
This solitary structure is all that remains of the ruined Benedictine convent on the small island of Ankerwyke and itself, was probably the site of the oath-swearing to the Magna Carta.
The convent was founded in about 1160, right next to an ancient yew tree, itself, over 2000 years old, which must have already been there for about 1,700 years and which is still standing. The manor of Ankerwycke belonged to Richard de Montfichet, who was one of the 25 barons present at the sealing of the Charter.
Historians have stated that Runnymede was a special meeting place long before Magna Carta ...Runnymede, is said to be called the 'Meadow of the Runes,' (from which the name derives)..or even more romantically: 'The field of Mystery' and 'The field of the Wise Council.'
In this bewitching water meadow and alongside the River Thames...an English king was presented with the demands of 40 rebellious barons. In an effort to stave off war, King John affixed his seal to the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215 and and amazingly, the document later served as an inspiration for America’s founding fathers as a step toward a more 'modern' governance....
In Saxon times, it was known as Rune-mede, denoting a place of council where, originally, the runes would have been consulted and runes at that time had deep associations with yew trees.
It's a most wonderful dreamscape and bordered by a faerie woodland. Honestly, it's one of the most magical sites I have ever have had the honour to visit.
This place was once a nemeton, ( an ancient Druidic site or centre with a sacred tree)… Ankerwycke was a raised Bronze Age burial mound and would have been a nemeton long before it was a Saxon site.
A nemeton was a sacred space of ancient Celtic religion, where ceremonies and rituals were held and incorporated the modern concept of a shrine or temple and a place of devotion.
At one time too, there were carved, inscribed stones.. which have been reported as having been on the site.
A closed coven still meets here every solstice to celebrate the passage of the sun and the passing of 'All Times'. How beautiful is that ! 🙏
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Call me a fucking dreamer but one day i want to Play with them with my band @call_the_mothership and want to kick ass like them.
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Ben Kelly (@the.photo.kid) is recognised as a pioneer in the practice of interior design, continuing to inspire the work of his contemporaries. Recently appointed as Professor of Interior Design at Kingston University, Kelly currently has work on show at @SomersetHouse and 180 The Strand, where he has collaborated with Off-White’s @VirgilAbloh on an immersive artwork, entitled RUIN, piecing together fragments of abandoned nightclubs, iconic discos and cut-ups of dance music history. Something Curated met with Kelly in the run up to RUIN’s opening to learn more. Read the full interview on somethingcurated.com