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Tree ID: 586

Yews recorded: Ancient 7m+

Tree girth: 960cm

Girth height: at 15cm

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 7-Feb-99

Source of earliest mention: 1776: The Churchyard Yew and Immortality - Cornish


February 1999 – Tim Hills: An exceptional yew, with a clean 7′ high bole 32′ in girth (similar girth at any height). From the edges young branches radiate into a symmetrical crown.
September 2012 – Peter Norton: Girth of 31′ 6” at about 6”.
The following is from a letter written by Shirley Callard’s husband’s great-grandfather in 1903. It confirms why the tree looks as it does today. ‘The outer portion of this desk was made from a portion of a yew tree now standing in Mamhead churchyard a great number of years before the top of the tree was sawn off just level, about eight feet from the ground. At that point shot up 15, I now call them trees, at and over 2 feet in diameter, they grow just close together except an opening between 2 of them, just as I could go in on the top. When I tell you I measured it and it was twelve feet across, you will not be surprised if I tell you that tea parties have been taken in there, and it was said that the pulpit in the church was made from the top sawn off.’

Yew trees at Mamhead:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
586 Mamhead Ancient 7m+ 960cm at 15cm - view more info