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Yew/Yews at Defynnog

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Site notes: The dedication to St Cynog (b434) and siting of the church would seem to indicate a pre-Conquest origin for the church. The font, one window and an inscribed stone have been claimed as evidence for this. Each of the 4 female yews at this site is of great size. On the right in the first photo are two trees on the north side which grow close to each other. The second photo shows just how close they are. The smaller of the two, nearest the camera, was recorded in 1988 as 'probably a layer' from the larger tree. In 2011 Meredith and Fry commissioned tests that confirm that the two yews carry identical genetic material. In the Tree Notes these two trees appear first and last in the list.
Yews recorded at this site: 4 ancient, including one exceptional Country: Wales
Protection & Responsibility: Church in Wales OS Map No. & Grid Ref: SN92532793
Site type: churchyard Public access: Yes
Church name: St Cynog Lost yew site: No
Diocese: Swansea and Brecon Date Visited: 05-Aug-98
Nearest town: Brecon Recorded by: Tim Hills
County: Powys

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