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Crowhurst - Sussex

Tree ID: 388

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 854cm

Girth height: No data

Tree sex: female

Date of visit: 7-Jul-99

Source of earliest mention: 1680: Recorded by John Aubrey - information traced by Allen Meredith


Girths recorded in the past:
1680 – 27′ at 4′ (Aubrey):
1835 – 27′ 7” at 4′ (Horsfield):
1879 – 26′ 7” at 4′ (CS Greaves):
1894 – 26′ 9” at 4′ (Lowe):
1954 – 27′ 2” at 3′ (Swanton):
1982 – 28′ at 4′ (Meredith):
1998 – 289cm diameter between 0.8 and 1.5m (O.Johnson).
1999 – Tim Hills: The largest of the three Sussex Crowhurst yews is female and grows south of the church. Rev Lonsdale Ragg’s description of a ‘caged lion’ is apt (JH Wilks Trees of British Isles in history and legend), though lioness would be more accurate!
30th October 2015 – Peter Norton: Of the three female yews that grow here the most celebrated is southeast of the porch and can be viewed on Google Maps at 50.883663, 0.497104. Protected behind iron railings it is slowly separating into two distinct fragments with much dead wood being re-covered by secondary growth. Also noted were some fine internal stems. Branches to the east, south and partially west have been allowed to grow resulting in some fine serpentine growth.

Yew trees at Crowhurst - Sussex:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
388 Crowhurst - Sussex Ancient 7m+ 854cm - view more info
387 Crowhurst - Sussex Ancient 5m-7m 513cm at 150cm - view more info
386 Crowhurst - Sussex Ancient 4m-5m 488cm at 90cm - view more info