Church beech tree to be felled

A reminder that Church Bank will be closed to traffic tomorrow while the beautiful old beech tree is taken down.  There should be pedestrian access as well as residents’ vehicles when/where possible, but has to be closed possibly Thursday and Friday to allow for a crane etc.
It’s always sad to see such magnificent trees cut down but it’s been inspected and deemed to be dangerous (after a large branch fell and damaged a car) and it would be dreadful if someone was hurt.  The decision hasn’t been taken lightly and will cost £3000 but for safety’s sake has to be done.
How old is it? I’m guessing the early-mid 1800’s, does anyone know?
One bonus is that it will open up a view of St. Luke’s as in this wonderful, but faded, photograph taken in the late 19th century from the Blackden Trust archives….in which I think you’ll see the young beech tree!

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