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The Bleeding Yew by Yampimon

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Nevern (Welsh: Nanhyfer) is a small hamlet of just a few houses in Pembrokeshire, West Wales with a Norman church dedicated to St Brynach a 5th-century Welsh saint

Eight old yews, thought to be about 600 years old, intertwine to form a dark and sombre tunnel leading from the church gate to the door of the church.
One of these trees is known as “The Bleeding Yew”. It ‘bleeds’ an unidentifiable red liquid that has baffled scientists and arborists for years. The liquid trickles down the bole and as it does it congeals and blackens. According to legend, a monk was hung from the tree and it has bled ever since. The man declared his innocence and as he did so proclaimed that: “If you hang me guiltless as I am, the tree will bleed for me”. The legend also states that the tree will continue to bleed until a Welshman sits on the throne in Nevern.


  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 1 year ago

    Cool! Love seeing the world through your eyes! Great shot…great title!

  • Thanks Karen, I’d read about this particular tree and I thought it was worth visiting when I was in the area. There are tons of places in England and Wales where there are tales associated with stuff, most of them are just made up stories but often more interesting for that. How could I could resist checking out something called ‘The Bleeding Yew’?

    – Yampimon

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 1 year ago

    Amazing!! :)

  • Thanks Keith, I love the folklore tales associated with places.

    – Yampimon

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