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A Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles Compiled by George Burgess (1829-1905)

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Old Oak Trees

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Old Oak TreesOLD OAK TREES. – The Oldest Oak in England stands in the most ancient park, belonging to the Duke of Portland. It is called the Parliamentary Oak, for it is said that Edward I. held a Parliament under its branches. It is supposed to be 1500 years old. Another remarkable oak is at Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, which is famous for its oaks. This tree is called `The Duke’s Walking Stick.’ It is 112 feet high. Three others of these noble trees claim attention for their extraordinary size and longevity, of which the Greendale Oak is the largest. Through its trunk a coach road is cut, and its branches cover a space of 708 square yards. The Two Porters standing near one of the park entrances are each 100 feet high; the third is called the Seven Sisters, from its having seven stems rising 90 feet in height from the trunk. – The Cathorpe Oak, in Yorkshire, is noted as being the largest oak in England. Its girth is 78 feet – The Half Holiday.