The estate at Camfield Place, formerly a deer park, is now historic parkland. This fabulous oak tree is said to have been planted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1550 on the spot where she shot her first stag during her imprisonment at Hatfield.
The original Tudor manor house was pulled down by Beatrix Potter's grandfather who rebuilt the house in 1867 in the 19th century Italianate style. Beatrix Potter wrote that Camfield was the place that she loved best and was where she wrote The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
The novelist Dame Barbara Cartland moved to Camfield Place in 1950. In 1976, her Christmas card featured her standing beneath the great oak with Mai-Mai, her Pekinese dog. In May 2000, she was laid to rest in a cardboard coffin beneath the oak. Mourners at the ceremony took a leaf from the oak tree to remind them of the occasion.
This special tree is on private land.
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