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Nearest town: Penrith

Site type: churchyard

Access: Public

Church name: St Martin

Diocese: Carlisle

County: Cumbria

Country: England

Grid ref: NY43431841

Lost yew site: No

Date visited: 18-Jun-02

Recorded by: Tim Hills

Protection & responsibility: Parochial Church Council

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

Notes: There has been a church at this site since at least 1220. It lies in a valley between high hills south of Ullswater. In 1839 William Ford was the first to record this 'picturesque yew-tree' in his Description of Scenery in the Lake District. It is without doubt one of the finest churchyard yew settings in England. The female tree grows NE of the church, and although the photographs suggests prolific greenness, foliage was so thin that bird nests could be seen in its branches.

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Yew trees at Martindale:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
777 Martindale Ancient 5m-7m 592cm at 30cm - view more info