If You’re In The Market For A Historic Island, Now’s Your Chance

Old Latin can be seen on one of four surviving copies of the original 1215 Magna Carta at the MFA in Boston.
Old Latin can be seen on one of four surviving copies of the original 1215 Magna Carta at the MFA in Boston. –JESSICA RINALDI/ THE BOSTON GLOBE

Got an extra $6.65 million lying around and want to buy the island the Magna Carta was signed on? Well, you can.

The listing on Sotheby’s International Realty United Kingdom is for a seven-bedroom home on Magna Carta Lane in Wraysbury, Berkshire, England.

The home also includes four reception rooms, a swimming pool, a secondary cottage, 3.725 acres, 390 meters of river frontage and 4,480 square feet.

The listing also includes some historical background:

“It is cited that it was here that King John, with the protection of a circle of walnut trees and gentle curve of the river, which would keep enemy long bows out of range, met with his rebellious barons (who had camped on the opposite bank of the river on Runnymede meadow) and signed the Magna Carta.’’

In case you need a history reminder, the Magna Carta is just about one of the most important documents in history.

According to The History Channel:

“By 1215, thanks to years of unsuccessful foreign policies and heavy taxation demands, England’s King John was facing down a possible rebellion by the country’s powerful barons. Under duress, he agreed to a charter of liberties known as the Magna Carta (or Great Charter) that would place him and all of England’s future sovereigns within a rule of law.’’

Though the document did not work immediately and caused some unrest, needing to be reissued multiple times, according to The History Channel, “the Magna Carta (or Great Charter) was effectively the first written constitution in European history’’ and influenced the creation of the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution.


“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a piece of world history where the rule of law was first forged,’’ Stuart Cole of UK Sotheby’s International Realty told Forbes. “I look forward to finding the next custodian of the island.’’

Forbes reported that “The lush grounds, which feature a vast lawn, whimsical yew topiaries and several mature trees, lead down to the River Thames, where the property has almost 440 yards (402 metres) of frontage. A small bridge links the island to the mainland.’’

Sounds like this is the real deal.

Don’t forget that a copy of the Magna Carta is now on display at the MFA in Boston, if you need some convincing to buy the island.

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