|placename:-||Old Hollow Tree, The|
Wharton parish, once in
... before reaching the Entrance Gate to the Hall, we have
on our right
THE OLD HOLLOW TREE,
which is worthy of more than a mere passing glance. The tree is still alive [1920s?] yet the heart has rotted away, and the cavity is capable of holding half-a-dozen full-grown people. It is difficult to compute its age. We were speaking to an old inhabitant who had known the tree for eighty years, and he asserted that it had never changed with the exception of new shoots. Legend says Thomas, Lord Wharton, planted this oak to commemorate his great victory over the Scots at Sollom Moss, but as this battle took place over 300 years ago we will leave our readers to fom their own opinions.
|Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013|