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The yew, St Cuthbert's Church, Doveridge
St Cuthbert's churchyard
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Second only to the Darley yew is the one to be found in St Cuthbert's Churchyard at Doveridge. Like some majestic old lady with a determination to survive even with the helps of a zimmer, the old yew at Doveridge chained for strength around its girth of 22 feet has a whole labyrinth of props and endearingly placed not only to support its somewhat burdensome branches but to allow us to walk beneath its spreading shade of 250 feet round. Not to be outdone by the Darley yew this treasure of a tree lays claim to its own historical and romantic associations and fantastic as they are, who would argue, or who would want to for doesn't it say so on the official notice board beneath its spreading wings. The notice reads: 'The old yew, Doveridge. The age of this tree is estimated at 1,400 years. Measurements: - circumference of branches about 250 feet round, and the trunk some 220 feet. There are legends about the tree. One is that Robin Hood was betrothed to Maid Marian under it. In the Roxburgh Collection in the British Museum there is a poem, two verses of which read: Sir Robin Hood lady fair wither away, Oh' whither fair lady away?, and she said him answer, to kill a fair buck, for tomorrow is Titbury Day.... When dinner was ended, Sir Roger the parson of Dubbidge (Doveridge), was sent for in haste, He brought his mass book and he bade them to take hands and joined them in marriage full fast. Sir before a parson's name indicates that this was written in the 14th Century.