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Tree ID: 3081

Yews recorded: Lost

Tree girth: No data

Girth height: not measured

Tree sex: unspecified

Date of visit: 9-Sep-09

Source of earliest mention: 1848: Topographical Dictionary of England


The 1848 Topgraphical Dictionary of England contained an article about old yews in Derbyshire churchyards. It described Blackwell as follows: ‘ One such a wreck we have shown in our cuts, it stands near the secluded church of Blackwell, in Derbyshire – an ancient foundation dedicated to St Werburgh. Many centuries have passed over its venerable top which is literally so thin, so starved, so shorn of its cedar like branches, that ‘scarce two crows could lodge in the same tree’. The stem is split asunder, and the base exhibits that ruddy bulbous surface that indicated approaching dissolution. It is regarded as one of the landmarks of the neighbourhood with much of paternal affection’.
Kelly’s Directory of 1891 also mentions a remarkable yew in the churchyard.
2009 – Tim Hills: There is no trace of the old yew.

Yew trees at Blackwell:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
3081 Blackwell Lost No data available - view more info