Parliament Oak

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Parliament Oak

Courtesy of Nottinghamshire Archives

Clipstone Park - Sherwood Forest
Mansfield Woodhouse
England

There is a very old oak in Clipston park, about five miles south-east of Welbeck, and in the same county, which the common people call the Parliament-oak, from an idea that a parliament was once held under it. I have not found any good authority for this fact; but it is certain that a parliament was held by Edward I. anno 1290 at Clipston palace, the ruins of which are now to be seen, not a mile and a half from the oak. However, as the tree is undoubtedly of very great antiquity I shall here subjoin a drawing of it; see Plate VIII. The circumference, at one yard is 28 feet, 6 inches.

Date: 1790

Organisation Reference: NCCW001193

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