image for Talk item typeAnnual Pipe Roll Society lecture at National Archives

Talk, Tue 27 Jun 2017, free entry


The National Archives

020 8876 3444


Ruskin Avenue,
Richmond, Surrey,


This year marks the 800th anniversary of the first issue of the Charter of the Forest.
This charter addressed some of the abuses of Forest Law that had become increasingly common in theb twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, and re-established the rights of free men to have access to the royal forest. From the standpoint of our increasingly urban lives, this may not seem like a major event. But in 1217 much of the country was covered by royal forest, a key source of fuel and food, making this Charter hugely important – Indeed, it was issued as a companion to Magna Carta.
Dr David Crook worked for many years at The National Archives and is a world expert in medieval forests and Forest Law. He is the Chair of the Pipe Roll Society, an academic society dedicated the publication of medieval records.

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Event details

Dates Times
Tue 27 Jun 2017 18:00 to 19:00


Free entry



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Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

Car : The National Archives is half a mile south of Kew Bridge, on the South Circular Road, A 205. Junction 2 of the M4 motorway is about one and a half miles away. There are 116 spaces in our car park which are free (on a first-come, first-served basis) to researchers using The National Archives. The car park is open from 08:30 to 19:00.
Train : The nearest station to the Kew office is Kew Gardens (Underground - District line and Railway - Silverlink Metro / North London line). Kew Gardens is in both zone 3 and 4, and the journey from central London to Kew takes about 40 minutes. It is a short walk from the station via Ruskin Avenue to The National Archives.
Other convenient railway stations for The National Archives at Kew are Richmond (Travel one stop from there to Kew Gardens) and Kew Bridge (a 15-20 minute walk to us).
Bus: The R68 bus route ends by the entrance to The National Archives, and the 65 and 391 bus routes run along Kew Road.
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Parking: free


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