OUR Down Memory Lane feature this week shows a photograph of the old oak tree, which used to be in the village of Cowthorpe, just outside Tockwith.

In the background of this photograph is St Michael’s church. Cowthorpe used to have a public house which was named after this tree and was called Ye Old Oak Inn.

Like the oak tree, this public house no longer exists. It was demolished several years ago and replaced by residential homes.

This picture of the Cowthorpe oak tree was taken in 1907, when it was already so large that the branches had to be supported by thick wooden posts. It was one of the oldest oak trees in England and I believe it was destroyed by lightening many years ago. Mr Ian Watson removed the remains of the old tree as it had become unsafe and the acorns from this tree were sent to New Zealand to be planted there. This photograph has once again come from the collection of Mick Bell of Tockwith.

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