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Tree ID: 553

Yews recorded: Lost

Tree girth: No data

Girth height: not measured

Tree sex: unspecified

Date of visit: 2-Aug-99

Source of earliest mention: 1865: A handbook for travellers in Surrey, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight-King and Murray


August 1999 -Tim Hills: The ‘grand yew’ grew SW of ‘Church Cobham’. It was recorded by Swanton (1955) with a girth of 21′ at 3′ and apparently blew down in 1987. The drawing (c1900) was taken from Walter Jerrold’s Surrey, one of the Dent’s County Guides series.
2015 – Toby Hindson: ‘First measured in 1954 by R. Gardener who found 663cm at an unknown level above ground, then a measure by E. Swanton at 1m gave 637cm. Alan Mitchell last measured the standing bole in 1981 when the tree was 656cm at 1.3m. I found the yew long since felled and measured the girth of the remaining fragments in 2008 at 30cm from ground: 619cm. The bark was lost but the annual ring formations on the sap wood were clear and showed no loss of vigour in the last few decades of the yew’s life’.

Yew trees at Cobham:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
553 Cobham Lost No data available - view more info