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Bunyan’s Oak

The remains of an oak tree which is reputed to have served as a natural pulpit for the preacher and author John Bunyan (1628-88), in a field near Harlington, Bedfordshire.

Nearby is a young tree planted by David Bellamy in 1988, the tercentenary of Bunyan’s death.

Bunyan was said to have preached from this tree in 1660 shortly before his arrest for ‘field-preaching’, and  12-year imprisonment in Bedford jail.

Photographed December 2020.

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