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Tree ID: 4169

Yews recorded: Notable

Tree girth: 358cm

Girth height: at 30cm

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 25-May-13

Source of earliest mention: 1882: Notes and Queries


A writer to Notes and Queries in 1882 asked about this churchyard: ‘Is it commonly known that from an aged yew tree encircled by a seat in the churchyard there hang a chain and manacles?’ We can assume that this hollowing old yew was the tree once used as a place of punishment. See also Llanelieu, where a yew of similar girth was used as a place of punishment. Girths recorded were 11′ 9” (358cm) at 1′, 11′ 5” (348cm) at 3′ and 11′ 4” (345cm) at 4′.
With a girth of under 4m the tree is presently classified as notable. Because it displays veteran characteristics it will in the future be classified as V-con (veteran on account of its condition).

Yew trees at Chislehurst:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
4169 Chislehurst Notable 358cm at 30cm - view more info