28 May 2012

This afternoon in Hoxne, Suffolk

Hoxne Wood was one of the few large woods left in Suffolk at the time of King Edmund following the deforestation of Suffolk in more ancient times.
Legend has it that, after being routed in battle against the Danes, King Edmund of East Anglia hid under the Goldbrook Bridge. The reflection of his golden spurs glinting in the water revealed his hiding place to a newly wed couple crossing the bridge. The couple informed the Danes who promptly captured Edmund and that was his demise, poor man. Goldbrook Bridge ...
The village hall ..
In Hoxne a great oak tree stood for 1,000 years until it fell in 1848. The tree's trunk was over 20 feet in circumference. When the tree was cut up, it is said that an old arrow head was found deep within the tree, five feet from the base. Today a stone cross marks the spot where the tree stood with an inscription "St Edmund the Martyr AD 870. Oak tree fell August 1848 by its own weight".


Blogger Sage said...

I would have loved to have seen that old tree when it was still alive. Interesting history and photos.

2 June 2012 at 15:38:00 BST


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