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Speke Hall

Tree ID: 2299

Yews recorded: Notable

Tree girth: 376cm

Girth height: at 30cm

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 2-Oct-06

Source of earliest mention: 1712: pers.corres. Alexandra Muir


Adam and Eve at Speke are correctly male and female. Adam is the larger and girth would suggest an age of around 300 years. One source considers it to be much older, citing evidence from tree ring counts on pruned branches. Additional girth measurements are as follows: 11′ 4” at 3′ and 11′ 2” at 5′.
2013: David Pope has supplied the following information: Harriet Beecher-Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, visited Speke Hall in the 1853. In her book Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands she writes about knocking on a great, low, arched stone door and getting no answer, ‘so we opened the door, and saw a square court, paved with round stones, and a dark solitary yew tree in the centre’.
Although we know there was more than one yew in 1712, this suggests that one of the pair died and was not replaced until some time after 1853.

Yew trees at Speke Hall:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
2299 Speke Hall Notable 376cm at 30cm - view more info
2300 Speke Hall Notable 239cm at 30cm - view more info