The Wyndham Oak at Silton

The Wyndham Oak was named after Judge Hugh Wyndham who purchased an estate at Silton in 1641.

The Wyndham oak at Silton

It is not known how old the tree is but the Judge apparently would sit under the tree in order to relax - it must have been quite substantial even then. There are some reports of hangings from the tree after the Monmouth rebellion in 1685 but examination of the records does not show any Silton or Bourton men involved. The nearby village of Stoke Trister may well have been home to a number of rebels so the reports cannot be entirely discounted. The burial registers at Silton do not give any support to this though.
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This page was last updated on 12 Dec 2013