• Two new ancient yews for the archive

    Two new images of ancient yews recently added to the historical tree archive:

    The Aldworth Yew in St. Mary's churchyard, Aldworth, Berkshire has been a well documented tree from 1644 through to 1972, but it was badly damaged in a storm in 1976. Much diminished & struggling when viewed in 2008, its girth in this image would have been around 27 feet, but it is now about half of that.

    (information gleaned from Ancient Yew Group website)

    This lantern slide dates to around 1905-10, but who were the two chaps conversing beneath the yew? The gent on the left would appear to be the local vicar, while the 'visitor' dressed in what would appear to be warm, protective clothing for the rigours of early motoring has left his car in the adjoining lane.

    The Lorton Yew by W.H. Youdale (convceniently titled at the bottom of the lantern slide) is another ancient and well known yew in Cumbria. Perhaps a trifle earlier in date - around 1895 - 1900. Again, one wonders who the old chap in the foreground might be. This tree still very much in existance & featured in several books about yews and ancient trees, but is most famous as the yew celebrated in lines from one of Wordsworth's poems, written in 1803 -

    'There is a yew-tree, pride of Lorton Vale

    Which to this day stands single, in the midst

    Of its own darkness, as it stood of yore.'

    Both scarce images that I have never seen before.

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