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Charles' Staghead

Charles' Staghead - photo by Dave KennyHenley Tree Warden David Whitehead recorded this special tree because of its history and appearance.

He writes:

'This veteran tree is almost certainly more than 360 years old so would have been standing at the time of the English Civil War. It would have witnessed King Charles I passing by in the spring of 1646 after he escaped Oxford, which was being encircled by Parliamentarian troops.  He left Oxford disguised as a groom to one of his supporters, Lord Ashburnham.  They rode towards Henley, but turned off the main route at Lower Assendon, past our special tree and on to the Henley-Marlow road to Hambleden Manor where they stayed the night.'

With a girth of 7.30 metres and a stag head form, this tree is as imposing as the soldiers who once walked past it and can be seen easily from the bridleway or the Oxfordshire Way footpath.

Dave Kenny also recorded this tree as part of the Ancient Tree Hunt and has kindly supplied this photo.

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