WYN­D­HAM’S OAK, DORSET

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WYN­D­HAM’S Oak could be 1,000 years old, and at 9.79 me­tres

(32.12 feet), pos­sesses one of the largest girths of any tree in the county of Dorset.

It is said to have marked the boundary be­tween Sel­wood For­est and the For­est of Gilling­ham.

Also known as the Judge’s Tree, it was named af­ter Judge Hugh Wyn­d­ham who pur­chased the manor of Sil­ton in 1641.

He was the Jus­tice of the Com­mon Pleas in the time of Charles II and used to sit within the tree and smoke his pipe to re­lax and con­tem­plate.

Its his­tory takes a darker turn to­wards the end of the 17th cen­tury, when rebels were sup­pos­edly hanged from it fol­low­ing the failed Mon­mouth re­bel­lion of 1685.

The cur­rent owner of the farm re­mem­bers los­ing a cow, only to find it two days later stuck firmly in­side the hol­low trunk.

Wood­land Trust

Wyn­d­ham’s Oak

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