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King Oak, Epping Forest

Posted on by royvickery |

A pub called King Oak has stood at High Beech, in Epping Forest, Essex, for over 200 years. ┬áIt is said that the original oak was planted in memory of King Harold, who died at the Battle of Hastings in 1066; alternatively in 1536 King Henry VIII waited here for news of Anne Boleyn’s execution.

The original tree (if it ever existed) has been long gone, but a fine red oak (Quercus rubra), planted to commemorate a visit by Victoria in 1882, dominates the grassy area in front of the pub.

Image: July 2017.

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