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The Baron of Pontefract, John De Lacy, was one of the twenty-five barons who forced the king into agreeing this first bill of rights. It subsequently became the basis for religious freedom, democracy and justice in many countries.
In association with Pontefract Magna Carta Group and with funds dontated by Pontefract Civic Society, Wakefield Council, Harworth Estates and the public, Pontefract Civic Society is proud to present a monument to the people of Pontefract as a commemoration of this important event in our local history.
Standing at 2.3m tall, the monument includes four hand carved panels, each depicting an image of significance to the town and Magna Carta. Included are the De Lacy family shield, the Pontefract town crest, the De Lacy notary mark and the seal of King John.