Stopping time with the help of an old oak tree
IF you haven't visited the vets in Hatherleigh, or taken a short cut through Buddle Lane, you may not have come across a framed piece of oak on the wall.
This slice of trunk commemorates interesting dates in both the nation's and Hatherleigh's history.
The section of trunk came from an oak tree, probably planted to celebrate Queen Victoria's Coronation in 1837.
By counting the rings, the oak tree is revealed to be 160 years old.
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The history society has indicated, with labels, events of national and local importance, which have taken place over the last 160 years. For example, in 1922, BBC radio started and Hatherleigh was lit by electricity. In 1928 women obtained the vote and Hatherleigh's new bridge was opened in 1929. In 1994 the Channel Tunnel was opened and Hatherleigh's by-pass opened a year later. Churchill died in 1965, and the last train ran to Hatherleigh.
You can spend some really fascinating minutes studying the oak "calendar" in Buddle Lane, just one of Hatherleigh's lesser known features.