a meadow on the S bank of the Thames, W of London, England: reputed site of the granting of the Magna Charta by King John, 1215. Unabridged
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Runnymede (ˈrʌnɪˌmiːd)
a meadow on the S bank of the Thames near Windsor, where King John met his rebellious barons in 1215 and acceded to Magna Carta

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Word Origin & History

place in Surrey where the Magna Charta was signed, M.E. Ronimede (1215) lit. "meadow on the council island," from O.E. runieg "council island," from run in sense of "council" (see rune).
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borough (district) in the northwestern part of the administrative and historic county of Surrey, England. Runnymede lies to the west of London on the River Thames. It is largely rural in character and includes a considerable portion of Windsor Great Park as well as the riverside Runnymede meadows, 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of Egham; these meadows are celebrated as the place where King John granted the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215. The Runnymede meadows are now owned by the National Trust and are open to the public. Situated on Coopers Hill, overlooking the river, are memorials commemorating the Magna Carta and the British Commonwealth airmen who died in World War II. At the foot of the hill, by the river, there is a memorial to U.S. president John F. Kennedy, unveiled in 1965. Area 30 square miles (78 square km). Pop. (2001) 78,027.

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