Above from left shows: early 20th century with no tree; late 20th century with the fairly new tree; early 21st century pretty much as now
Just how big can a chestnut tree become?
During Friday's gathering on the green everyone was talking about whether the tree was fit or not. The general view was that it was fine, with a bit of tender loving care. Not what the council's tree specialist says.
But then came the question of size and here we were all at a bit of a loss. Our tree is we reckon about 40 years old and was planted as a sapling in 1977. So were other trees in the village.
So LoL took off for Heydon Hall where the park contains many fully mature chestnut trees - of which the one top left is a fine example. Mrs LOL stands under it for scale. It is indeed a whopping great tree. Using a bit of help from our old friend Pythagoras and pacing it out we reckoned it was 22-23 metres tall - about 70 feet old money. That makes it more than twice the size of ours and its girth suggests it is about 100-120 years old.
The real shock of course is that it is also about 22-23 metres in circumference - and that would puts its outermost branches over the roadway, the gardens and even over the car park in front of the Fox if ours got that big.