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Tree ID: 2970

Yews recorded: Notable

Tree girth: 383cm

Girth height: at the ground

Tree sex: male

Date of visit: 21-Jan-09

Source of earliest mention: 1838: Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens


1838: This yew was immortalised in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens as follows: ‘As they passed Sunbury church, the clock struck seven. There was a light in the ferry-house window opposite: which streamed across the road, and threw into more sombre shadow a dark yew-tree with graves beneath it. There was a dull sound of falling water not far off; and the leaves of the old tree stirred gently in the night wind’.
January 2009 – Barry Saich: The tree has recently had extensive surgery to its upper limbs at about 10′ from the ground.

Yew trees at Sunbury-on-Thames:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
2970 Sunbury-on-Thames Notable 383cm at the ground - view more info