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- Object: Poet Iohn Saxy upon his Yew-Tree Novr 1729
A broadside on an ancient Yew tree in Harlington; with an engraving by Wigley showing a very old yew tree, its trunk surrounded by a wooden seat, and its crown topiarised into a geometric tower surmounted by a weathercock, next to the tree two men standing; with engraved title and a poem in two columns by John Saxy, originally composed in November 1729. (n.p.: 1770)
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Height: 349 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
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- The poem was composed in 1729 by John Saxy, apparently a parish clerk at Harlington (Middlesex). An inscription in the plate states "Revived by William Cottrel, Clerk, 1770" - it is unclear whether this refers to the poem or the whole plate. Cottrel, who may have been a successor of Saxy, is here not treated as publisher.
Today, Harlington is close to Heathrow Airport. The Yew Tree still exists, though non-topiarised; it is considered to be more than 900 years old. The historical tree has been employed as an argument against the planned extension of the airport.
Allen Meredith, "The Sacred Yew", 1994.
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