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Ankerwycke Yew, Berkshire

Photo by Hannah  Solloway

The Ankerwycke Yew

Location: Magna Carta Lane, Wraysbury, Staines, TW19 5AG

Region: London & the South East

Grid Ref: TQ002732

Owner / Manager: The National Trust

Access: Open access

15 June 2015 marks 800 years since King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215. Some accounts say that this historic event happened by the Ankerwycke Yew, while others say it took place on the other side of the River Thames at Runnymede.

Either way, this exceptional tree, which is estimated to be around 2,500 years old, is a living monument to those historic events, and is also said to be the place where Henry VIII had his first liaisons with Anne Boleyn in the 1530s.

The Ankerwycke Yew is close to the ruins of St Mary’s Priory and can be accessed by a short walk from the small National Trust car park.

Ankerwycke yew 2 by Hannah Solloway for web

3 Comments | Leave a Comment

  • Roselyn Pridmore says:
    Posted October 18, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Would be nice to see full picture of the Yew. Thanks! RP

    • Hannah Solloway says:
      Posted January 04, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      It’s not easy to photograph the whole tree, but I’ve added one showing a little more of the tree….

  • John says:
    Posted December 06, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Got a long bow made from the ankerwicke


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