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Yew/Yews at Ashbrittle

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Site notes: Peter Norton:The origins of the remote hilltop village of Ashbrittle go back further than recorded history, but records indicate a church from 1251. The large yew grows on what is thought to be an ancient barrow, which is approximately 1.5m high x 15m across. A few headstones are to be found around its outer edges and just shelter beneath the yew's canopy. During the Victorian rebuild, a 'spring' was discovered directly below the alter, rising up through the foundations, and sited outside the church porch is an octagonal shaft of a medieval cross. Recent surveys have failed to find conclusive evidence for the earliest phases of the church site. The site of one of the '50 Great British Trees' chosen to celebrate the Queen's jubilee year. The yew grows on a tumulus, SE of the church.
Yews recorded at this site: 1 ancient - exceptional Country: England
Protection & Responsibility: Parochial Church Council OS Map No. & Grid Ref: ST05202134
Site type: churchyard Public access: Yes
Church name: St John Baptist Lost yew site: No
Diocese: Bath and Wells Date Visited: 01-Oct-97
Nearest town: Tiverton Recorded by: Tim Hills
County: Somerset

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