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.

The Maypole Tree, Little Paxton, Huntingdonshire

Maypole & Ritual Tree (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – TL 18831 62757 Getting Here The road layout of the village has changed since the destruction of the Tree, but its approximate position was on the north side of the present High … Continue reading

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Adam’s Oak, Brierley, South Yorkshire

Legendary Tree:  OS Grid Reference – SE 4280 1015 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 as Adam & Eve’s Oak, between … Continue reading

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Trysting Tree, Harthill, South Yorkshire

Legendary Tree (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – SK 508 824? 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 … Continue reading

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Druid’s Oak, Caton, Lancashire

Legendary Tree:  OS Grid Reference — SD 5297 6467 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 village … Continue reading

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Fair Haia, Carlton, West Yorkshire

Legendary 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.  There’s … Continue reading

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