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The Beggars' Oak


The Beggars' Oak was a great tree which stood on the Bagot Estate near Abbots Bromley, a meeting place for itinerants.  It was believed to be about 1000 years old when it had to be removed in about the 1940s.

From A History of British Forest Trees published in 1842:
The Beggars' Oak in Bagot Park, Staffordshire (the seat of Lord Bagot) is also a fresh and vigorous tree with a trunk upwards of twenty-seven feet in circumference at five feet from the ground.  It contains eight hundred and seventy-seven cubic feet of timber, and Sir T. D. Lauder informs us would have produced, according to the price offered for it in 1812, £202 14s 9d.

From Arboretum et Fruticetum Britannicum published in 1838:
The roots rise above the ground in a very extraordinary manner, so as to furnish a natural seat for the beggars chancing to pass along the pathway near it.