Category Archives: Trees

The reverence (not worship, as many mistakenly believe) of great old trees – be they oaks, ash, or the witch-ridden elders – is universal and found in all cultures. Equally so in the British Isles. Trees were imbued with spirits of various forms and were the focus of rites and moots; as well as the source of a great many medicines.

Adam’s Oak, Brierley, South Yorkshire

Legendary Tree:  OS Grid Reference – SE 427 101 Also Known as: Adam & Eve’s Oak Wind-gap Oak Archaeology & History Highlighted on the 1854 Ordnance Survey map close to the township boundary line between Brierley and South Kirkby, I … Continue reading

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Trysting Tree, Harthill, South Yorkshire

Legendary Tree (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – unknown Folklore This was one of the many sacred trees beneath or next to which, in pre-christian days, tribal councils met.  It’s whereabouts has long since been forgotten, but local historian Harry Garbutt … Continue reading

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Druid’s Oak, Caton, Lancashire

Sacred Tree:  OS Grid Reference – SD 529 646 Also Known as: Caton Oak Fish Stones Oak Getting Here Dead easy! Near the western end of Caton village, right on the edge of the main road (A683) running through the … Continue reading

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Fair Haia, Carlton, West Yorkshire

Sacred Tree (destroyed?):  OS Grid Reference – SE 614270 Getting Here From Carlton, take the western Hirst Road to Temple Hirst village, then turn right once you’re in the village and go up Common Lane up for about a mile.  … Continue reading

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