Bleeding Yew

Yampimon

Joined August 2010

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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.

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