2010

SU9936 : Yew tree, The Church of St Mary and All Saints

taken 14 years ago, near to Dunsfold, Surrey, England

Yew tree, The Church of St Mary and All Saints
Yew tree, The Church of St Mary and All Saints
The gnarled, hollow shell of the yew tree adjacent to the church porch is reputed to be between 900 and 1,500 years old, which is older than the church itself.

The European yew (Taxus baccata) has a reputation for longevity. The heartwood of this old tree has gone, leaving a shell to support the canopy. A certain amount of pollarding to reduce the weight of the limbs was undertaken in 1992.

Whilst there is no direct evidence to support the view that yew trees were association with pagan worship it is not hard to imagine that they were. The yew, a tree symbolising longevity, death and rebirth became woven into folklore and its association with churchyards may simply be that in certain circumstances its foliage and fruit can be poisonous and in medieval England churchyards were one of the few places fenced against stock.

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Category: Tree (detail)
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SU9936, 238 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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Maigheach-gheal   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 25 October, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 27 December, 2010
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 99825 36341 [1m precision]
WGS84: 51:7.0603N 0:34.5092W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 99825 36341
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