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William Marshal - Can you help?

CADRA is working with the team who designed the Caversham Heritage Map to develop a richly illustrated panel, telling the story of William Marshal, who died in Caversham 800 years ago on the 14th May. He was one of the most influential figures in Medieval England and was lauded as the Greatest Knight whoever lived.

Subject to planning permission, the panel will be installed on the viewing platform of Caversham Bridge, looking towards Deans Farm, where his home was thought to be and Reading Abbey, where his body was taken for a mass, before a burial at Temple Church, London.

Reading Civic Society (a registered charity) has kindly agreed to receive donations and apply for Gift Aid for the project. Generous donations, combined with projected gift aid and money set aside by CADRA, have reached the initial target but additional costs now seem likely and further donations would be very welcome. Reading Borough Council is being supportive of the project and have given pre-application planning advice which informed the formal planning application submitted. As soon as planning permission is granted, arrangements for manufacture will be confirmed. Ideally, this would allow installation autumn 2019.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by completing this DONATION FORM.

Dr Thomas Asbridge from Queen Mary University of London spoke to a full hall at the CADRA AGM on 11 June 2019 . Tom is the author of the well-respected book, “The Greatest Knight”. He is an internationally renowned expert on the history of the Middle Ages and brought to life the extraordinary story. He described the essential attributes of good fortune, resilience and mental strength, martial prowess, military skill, cunning and loyalty to the Angevin line.

Dr Asbridge is advising on the information panel.

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