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Leinthall Starkes

Nearest town: Ludlow

Site type: churchyard

Access: Public

Church name: St Mary Magdelene

Diocese: Hereford

County: Herefordshire

Country: England

Grid ref: SO44177002

Lost yew site: No

Date visited: 3-Jun-00

Recorded by: Tim Hills

Protection & responsibility: Parochial Church Council

Yews recorded at this site: Ancient 5m-7m, Notable

Notes: This has been described as 'a simple church with a Norman foundation'. It is aligned ENE/WSW. 4 yews grow right up against the building, two at the east and two at the west end. They were noted as a feature in many of the Gazetteers of the 19th century, and in 1866 the Woolhope Club visited and recorded measurements of the trees, noting the largest to be more than 20ft and the smallest to be 15ft. Since these are greater than measurements in 2000, we must assume that the trees were measured at the height of 5ft, which was the norm at that time. There is a tradition that the church bell was once hung in the branches of one of the trees.

Yew trees at Leinthall Starkes:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
75 Leinthall Starkes Ancient 5m-7m 607cm at 60cm - view more info
72 Leinthall Starkes Ancient 5m-7m 587cm at the ground - view more info
73 Leinthall Starkes Ancient 5m-7m 500cm at 45cm - view more info
74 Leinthall Starkes Notable 376cm at the ground - view more info