At first sight, the connection between the 800 year old Magna Carta and Wisbech born anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson may not be obvious.
Yet, as preparations go on at the National Trust’s Peckover House to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the charter, Thomas Clarkson’s great achievements play a very important role.
Organised by Parliament, events called Liberteas are to be held throughout Britain on June 14 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.
Peckover House will be joining in, holding its own celebration with a special Liberteas afternoon tea in the Reed Barn.
“The signing of the Magna Carta was such an important event” said Reed Barn Manager Laura Andrews, “because it was the first small step towards the liberty and rights we so often take for granted now.”
Laura went on to explain that the event also celebrates the countless campaigners throughout history who have fought for freedom and rights for us all, including Thomas Clarkson.
“Wisbech is privileged to have been the birthplace of one of Britain’s great campaigners for freedom. Thomas Clarkson devoted his life to the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire and was born in 1760, attending Wisbech Grammar School. An event like this brings the work of campaigners like Thomas into far sharper focus.”
To celebrate this event, Peckover House will be serving an afternoon tea buffet in the Reed Barn on Sunday (June 15).
In doing this, Peckover will be uniting with towns and villages throughout Britain in commemorating the birth of liberty and human rights; rights that all began when a reluctant King John added his signature to the document known as Magna Carta.
The buffet afternoon tea, for which booking is essential, will be held in the Reed Barn or under a gazebo in the courtyard, weather permitting, between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday 14th June. Please telephone 01945 583463 for booking and further information.