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The Shambles Oak

Shambles Oak

The Shambles Oak was also known as Robin Hood’s Larder or Butchers Oak and was one of the ancient oaks that were preserved in this area. This fine old oak had a circumference of about 24 feet around its base. It contained iron hooks used to hang venison, game birds and other animals. It was damaged by fire several times including a fire started by picnickers trying to boil a kettle inside its hollow trunk in 1913. Despite being supported with iron bands, the remains of this great oak were blown down by high winds in 1962.

Shambles Oak

The iron supports may still be seen entwined in a younger tree near the rotting remains of its stump.

Shambles Oak

 

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