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Nearest town: Ellesmere

Site type: churchyard

Access: Public

Church name: Colemere Church

Diocese: Lichfield

County: Shropshire

Country: England

Grid ref: SJ43773291

Lost yew site: No

Date visited: 5-Jun-09

Recorded by: Christopher Jobson

Protection & responsibility: Parochial Church Council

Yews recorded at this site: Notable

Notes: The photo c1880 was taken by the Rev.H.E.Hodson, vicar at the time. The original is owned by Mrs P.Edwards of Ellesmere. It shows that the tree was already well established when the church was built in 1870. The site was chosen by Lady Alford to overlook the mere and the yew tree has been within its boundary ever since. Although there are legends of a medieval chapel on the site, there is no historical evidence to back this up. Due to land drainage the water of the Mere is now a few hundred yards from the site, but according to local tradition the yew once marked the mooring point for boats. The church also owns a small woodland to the north of the building in which all the yew saplings have been gathered into a yew nursery.

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Yew trees at Colemere:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
3039 Colemere Notable 396cm at the ground - view more info