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Near my home grows the “Gipsy” Oak. It was planted approximately 1360 A.D. and is about 650 years old. It measures over 6 meters in girth at 1 meter above ground.
The tree was a court site in the middle ages and it got its name because it was used as camp site by gipsies. In 1870, a camp fire made too close to the tree burnt a hollow in the trunk. The hollow reportedly was large enough that people could use it as overnight shelter. In 1906, the hollow was bricked shut and in the meantime has nearly completely disappeared. Also in 1870, a Linden tree was planted next to the oak as replacement, in case that the oak would die.
This oak has seen a lot in its life. From oxen carts to Napoleonic troops to the first steam engines, cars and airplanes.
The Linden from 1870 next to the Oak from 1360:
The “Gipsy” Oak around 1911