Eric Gill was a sculptor, typographer, and writer in the early 20th century. The subject matter for his work included both the deeply religious and the highly erotic.
In the 1930s he designed a crucifix which was carved from oak timber by colleague Donald Potter.
It was nailed to a small beech tree in Pigotts Wood which Gill owned. He is said to have taken his daily constitutional to the Crucifix Tree where he read his rosary.
Allegedly, the tree was dying when the crucifix was hung but then it flourished. The tree still survives, though it is not a good specimen of a beech tree!
The original crucifix was removed in 1977 but the tree has held an oak replica made by Thalia Polak ever since.
The crucifix is hard to spot! Try entering the wood from the north west corner and take the second path on the right. Keep looking on the right hand side for the tree. Don't forget to look up in the branches...!
There are many public footpaths through Pigott's Wood. Please park safely and considerately and walk to the wood.
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