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La Bloutiere

Nearest town: Granville/Villedieu-les-Poeles

Site type: churchyard

Access: Public

Church name: Notre-Dame

Diocese: No Data

County: Manche - Normandie

Country: France

Grid ref: not known

Lost yew site: No

Date visited: 8-Aug-00

Recorded by: Tim Hills/Wim Peeters

Protection & responsibility: No data

Yews recorded at this site: Ancient 7m+

Notes: A notice by the yew suggests that it was planted at the time of Charlemagne, which would give it an age of 1200/1300 years. This would suggest a significant site long before the first church was constructed in the 12th century. It also tells of a forester called Richard, who was killed in around 1795 when fighting in the revolution on the side of the 'mouvement chouan'. His remains are said to be buried beneath the tree's roots. Is the possible that the rectangular stone seen under the roots are what remains of his tombstone? See last photo.

Yew trees at La Bloutiere:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
1337 La Bloutiere Ancient 7m+ 719cm at 150cm - view more info