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Yew/Yews at Stoke Poges

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Site notes: Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard in 1751 was penned here in Stoke Poges. 'Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shade,/Where heaves the turf in many a mould'ring heap,/Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,/ The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep'. Whether the tree growing on the right of the 1st postcard was the one that provided Gray's shade is questionable, since in 1954 an even older yew grew nearby, described then as 'very decrepit'. That tree is now gone, but could well have been the tree on the left of the photo and close to the church building. It is likely that being so close to the building, branches growing towards the church would have been systematically removed, causing the tree to be hollow on that side - hence the description 'decrepit'.
Yews recorded at this site: 1 notable Country: England
Protection & Responsibility: Parochial Church Council OS Map No. & Grid Ref: SU975827
Site type: churchyard Public access: Yes
Church name: St Giles Lost yew site: Yes
Diocese: Oxford Date Visited:
Nearest town: Slough Recorded by: Tim Hills
County: Buckinghamshire

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