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Sy Parrish

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This is the Tilford Oak. William Cobbett wrote about it in 1822, saying "The tree is in full growth at this moment. There is a little hole in one of the limbs; but with that exception, there appears not the smallest sign of decay". Sadly it's not holding up so well any more.

It's said that King Charles I once hid in it (though Charlie seems to have spent half of his life hiding in oak trees, if we believe the stories) and that John Wesley once preached beneath it. My favourite story tells of the time that the Bishop of Winchester ordered the tree to be felled. When his foresters arrived they found that their axes couldn't penetrate the bark because hundreds of nails had been hammered into it by villagers who didn't want their tree chopped down.
25th Apr 2009, 13:14   | tags:,,


Caine says:

Such history. Terrific shots, and good on the villagers.

25th Apr 2009, 18:50

factotum says:

Great post!

26th Apr 2009, 13:29

morningbear says:

That's a fantastic tree.

27th Apr 2009, 05:54