ST9929 : Yew tree, St George's Churchyard

taken 8 years ago, near to Sutton Mandeville, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Yew tree, St George's Churchyard
Yew tree, St George's Churchyard
The European yew (Taxus baccata) has a reputation for longevity. Whilst there is no direct evidence to support the view that yew trees were associated 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.

Churchyard yew trees have long been regarded as special, even sacred, and thus have been managed and cared for over the centuries. It has been recognised that yew foliage and yew wood have been used in church ceremonies for hundreds of years so this shows that the tree has had a symbolic association with our spiritual needs.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 11 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 9961 2954 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:3.9117N 2:0.4165W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 9962 2954
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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