The Yew and the Parish Wall

Can anyone explain this one to me? Walking in Leigh Woods there is an old stone wall called the Parish Wall and there is an ancient Yew tree.

Which came first?


Think I need to get a bit closer...


6 thoughts on “The Yew and the Parish Wall

  1. Tutak

    They are both composed of cunningly distressed plastic, art directed for a film that never got made, and left there to mess with your mind.

  2. Mickle

    A ghoulish thought. Single yew trees are common in churchyards. And given their longevity, size and girth,they may be associated too with pre-Christian religions. Yew How in Cumbria is a Norse burial ground; and one, still alive and well, in the Cumbrian village of High Lorton, may likewise be associated with the Norse settlers of the 11th century. As Wordsworth put it in his poem to the Lorton Yew, written after a visit in September,1802,..’ ‘This solitary Tree ! A living thing/Produced too slowly ever to decay;/Of form and aspect too magnificent/To be destroyed’. So it has visitors and a preservation order. Leigh Woods please copy…..there may be bodies there. More on the Famous Lorton Yew in a little out of print booklet, published in 2002 by the Lorton and Derwent Fells Local History Society, of essays,drawings and photographs.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      You mean those might not be bits of the wall stone in the tree? But something else….. I’ve added a couple of links to your comment for anyone who is interested in ancient yews Mickle! Lovely to see poetry on this blog at last :)

      Nice mention here of your latest foray into publishing with Five Leaves publication of ‘The Night Shift.’ Congratulations!

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