MEM24743 - Post-medieval yew tree in All Saints' Churchyard, Wootton Courtenay (Tree)


The yew tree is reputed to be 600 years old.

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In 1791 Collinson said "There are fragments of an old stone cross in the churchyard, and a fine yew tree with a beautiful spread of branches". Both were extant in 1974 and the tree was suggested to be 600 years old. [1] The tree is visible on aerial photographs dating to 2017 at c. SS 9382 4340. [3] The tree is recorded on the Ancient Yew Group website - see External Links for details. [4] The large yew tree in the churchyard is of particular note, presumably the one mentioned by Collinson in 1791. [5] Savage writes in 1830 of "a fine yew tree with wide spreading branches" in Wootton Courtenay churchyard. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Monograph: Allen, N.V.. 1974. Churches and Chapels of Exmoor. Exmoor Press. 92.
  • <2> Report: Fisher, J.. 2003. Wootton Courtenay: Conservation Area Character Appraisal. illustration 5.
  • <3>XY Aerial photograph: Getmapping. 2017. Vertical Aerial Photography of Exmoor National Park. [Mapped feature: #46278 Approximate location of centre of tree, ]
  • <4> Website: Ancient Yew Group. 2012-. Ancient Yew Group.
  • <5> Report: Pratt, N.. 2018. Wootton Courtenay Conservation Area: appraisal document. 41, illustration 41.
  • <6> Monograph: Savage, J.. 1830. A History of the Hundred of Carhampton. 338.



Grid reference SS 9383 4340 (point)
Map sheet SS94SW

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Record last edited

Sep 17 2019 9:00AM


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