Slice of Portsmouth history will return to the city

AN HISTORIC copy of a charter granted by King Richard I more than 800 years ago will go on display in Portsmouth.

Saturday, 6th April 2019, 4:21 pm
Updated Saturday, 6th April 2019, 4:32 pm
The Bodleian library is lending Portsmouth Museum a 14th century copy of the charter granted by Richard I in 1194 to celebrate its 825th anniversary

The 14th century replica of the Portsmouth Charter will go on display at the city’s museum from Friday, April 19.

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It marks the 825th anniversary of when Richard I originally gave the people of Portsmouth its first royal charter on May 2, 1194.

The move outlined the king’s wish for the city to develop as a ‘royal town’, granting permission for a 15-day fair to be held in August and a market on a Thursday every week.

To celebrate, a team of knights and historical re-enactors will storm the city museum on Saturday, April 27.