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Welbeck Abbey, Cow Close Wood

Welbeck Abbey, Cow Close Wood

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15545

Item number: f.77

Length: 30.2

Width: 48.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

The estate at Welbeck covered 3000 acres and much of that was woodland. The oak trees there were considered to be the largest in the county, particularly those in Cow Close Wood.

Hayman Rooke in his treatise 'Remarkable Oaks' [1790] describes one tree thus, "This tree goes by the name of the Duke's Walking Stick; its height to the top is 111 feet 6 inches; to the branches 70 feet 6 inches; and the circumference at the bottom, taking in some projecting spurs, is 21 feet; and the circumference at one yard high is 14 feet, at two yards high 12 feet; the solid contents 440 feet; and the weight 11

tons. All these circumstances taken together, it may, I think, be doubted,whether this admirable tree can be matched by any other in the kingdom".

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