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Re: Circles under churches
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"Looking at place and field names with the yew element - only 6% are near churches so it is a false assumptuion to believe that they were always associated with churches and pagan sites etc."

Since this shatters what I've always assumed was definite fact I'm desperately trying to find a reason to disbelieve it....
The above reasoning, and the idea that only yews in churchyards were spared from being cut down, make good sense, yet I'm left with the feeling they're not conclusive. Churches are associated with pagan sites. Old yews are associated with churches. So maybe....?

Especially as - "dead" yews can regenerate with a new individual, so in a way they're almost immortal. A yew "could" imply a yew on that site for even longer than the age of the oldest quoted yews.

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Posted by nigelswift
11th May 2005ce

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