WYNDHAM’S OAK, DORSET
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.