Ancient Yew Tree

At the beginning of the year I wrote about exploring the area around me.  As of April I think I've got a pretty good jump start on that goal!  Having visitors helps that.  I've done a bit of exploring on my own, but I like having a friend along to enjoy the experience.

A visit to this tree all started by seeing a photo of this cute little door on pinterest.

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I had this idea that a 4,000 year old tree with a cute little door must get a fair amount of visitors.  It seems I was wrong.  There was no parking in the village of Crowhurst in Surrey.  We found a house with a large parking area labelled the old school house.  I hate disturbing people in their homes, but I was set on finding this tree!!  We knocked and the kind gentleman allowed us to park on his property to explore the tree located next to St. George's Church.

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Thought to be 4,000 years old, it's possibly the oldest in the country.

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Girth readings date back to 1630.  In 1820 the inside of the tree was hollowed out for shelter for the annual Palm Sunday Fayre.  When this was done a canon ball was found embedded in the tree, thought to be from the civil war, about 1652.

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You can see a few planks holding up it's old branches.

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Does anyone else see the large alien being in the middle, on the above photo?  No?

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Would you go in search of an ancient tree with a cute door?

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Comments

  1. Wow, so much history surrounding just one tree. Although, I suppose that's not quite so surprising if you think that it's been there for 4,000 years! Incredible.

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  2. this is so amazing! I especially love the bit about the cannonball. when I was in Thailand we visited an old tree that had a buddha head in its roots - that tree was only a few hundred years old though.

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  3. I'd totally track it down too! I love love love old trees, especially ones that have so much documented history.

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  4. That tree is so cool, I would definitely go on an adventure to track that door and tree down!

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  5. yes I'd totally go and find that tree; it's awesome!

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  6. wow this is so unique and amazing! I definitely would've checked it out too!

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  7. That tree is fabulous. I'd definitely have to hunt it down.

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  8. The tree looks really amazing. I was in a wood once, where everything has been left the way it was for centuries (or even longer?!) and it looked exactly like this only that there were soo many of those trees. It really felt like being in the jungle ;)

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  9. Totally! Sometimes the most random places make the best memories!

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  10. I would feel a little claustrophobic. Kudos to you for exploring your neighbourhood. I need to do the same sometime :)

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  11. Wow, this tree looks incredible! I think it's great that you asked for help to find it and that the man was kind enough to help out.

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  12. How amazing. Love these pictures and YES I would go in search of a tree with a door :)

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  13. I see the alien! What an incredible tree and I love all the history behind it :)

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  14. That's so neat! I love the history behind it. I had no idea it existed but now it'll go on my Travel Bucket list :)

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  15. Oh wow--now that's a tree that's seen a lot of history!!

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  16. It is fascinating! And what's recorded is only part of the trees past. Who knows what else the tree has seen!

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  17. Me too. Must be one strong tree to hold up to a cannonball!!

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  18. It's mostly southeast England. Places I can easily get to in a day with a few other places. :)

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  19. Me too! And a cute little door is an added bonus! :)

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  20. Me too and ones with a cute little door and so much history make it that much more enjoyable!

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  21. It seemed kind of funny to be on the hunt for a tree! Definitely well worth it though!

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  22. Such an amazing tree! And a cute little door is a plus!

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  23. You just never know what you're going to find when you knock at someone's door. Luckily it was all good! :)

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  24. In the tree? Yeah, I didn't stay in it long. Long enough to snap some photos!!

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  25. What a neat experience! I bet it was beautiful!

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  26. I'd definitely go in search of an ancient tree with door :) x

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  27. I would definitely go along! This tree is GORGEOUS!

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  28. That is one amazing tree! It is so cool that you found it on pinterest :)

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