A town with a tree

I can only take so much of sitting around. It was a Wednesday morning. I needed to get out. My feet were itching, so off I went. My destination was a town named Addlestone, in the county of Surrey, south of London. Once there, I had a bit of a surprise in store.

There's not much to say about the town. As with all such places people live and work in it. Architecturally, there's nothing to get excited about. It contains a mix of nationalities and is a commuter town for London workers. I hadn't been there for over 40 years and found it much changed.
A short nose about and I found a café staffed by a Portugese family where I had a hot drink. Then across the street, in another place, I asked the if there was anything of historical significance in Addlestone.
The English call these Level Crossings. If two trains are due, the bars could be down for 5-10 minutes. Turn off your engine and go have a cup of tea.

What does Addlestone have beside people—try a tree. Not just any tree, but an approximately 1000 year old one. It's name is The Crouch Oak. It has survived: a mini-ice age, wars, a royal picnic, three known hurricanes and some local young idiots setting fire to it about 8 years ago. It's one tough tree to be sure.
Looks like a cat got stuck in the tree a few hundred years ago.

I would have expected some sort of plaque to be present, or a sign but there is nothing. The tree just stands there on the right side of the road as you come from the main part of town. Other than it's girth you would think it just another oak.
The area near the tree used to be part of Windsor Great Park. This end of it is now houses, but they kept the old oak.
A little bit of artwork for the bough on the left and it looks remarkably like an Ent emerging from the ground.

Is Addlestone worth a visit? Only if you like ancient oak trees. Trains from Waterloo Station in London.
Dec 05, 2017

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I always find it amazing that I notice other things in the photo's than I do when taking them. The "Cat" is a good example.
Dec 06, 2017 at 0918
Carrie Rubin
I doubt I'll ever make it out that way, but those trees ARE quite impressive!
Dec 05, 2017 at 2116

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