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
UPDATE - THE reprieve was not that long - the
tree has now gone
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.