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Umbrella Tree

Two girls and a goat beneath the Umbrella Tree

This landmark tree has been admired by locals for more than 100 years.  This photo of two girls and a goat with the Umbrella Tree is thought to have been taken between 1890 and 1900.

It is possible that the girls are the Tilbury sisters.

The two women pictured in this postcard, dated August 28th 1906, are the definitely the Tilbury sisters:

A 1906 postcard showing the Tilbury sisters

Bert Tilbury remembered that they were about to take lunch with their father who worked nearby.

In contrast, this is Mrs T Hussey helping to recreate the 1906 image in 2006:

Mrs Hussey - photo by Trevor Hussey, project volunteer

Alfred Kingdom and Pam SmithFor many years the Umbrella Tree was clipped by Alfred Kingdom who lived in the nearby cottage shown in the photos. 

In more recent years the National Trust have managed this popular tree using the old photographs for guidance.

The Umbrella Tree inspired this painting entered in the 2008 Special Woods Art Competition:

'Time and the Umbrella Tree' by Trevor Hussey

The Mushroom Tree has a similar story to tell.

The Umbrella Tree in 2010 - photo by Steve Rodrick

The National Trust recently trimmed the Umbrella Tree back into shape. During the summer of 2009 The Friends of Naphill Common held a picnic by the tree which reconnected local people to the story of ths special tree.

Getting There

Please park safely in the village and walk along the bridleway to this special tree.

Location

Bradenham

Grid Reference

SU832969

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