The Bowthorpe Oak sits on Bowthorpe Park Farm in south Lincolnshire. The trees great stature and age means it has been an attraction for many hundreds of years; there are some records and account of past residents using the tree for their own entertaining. Up until recently cows, sheep, chickens and horses could be seen grazing in and around the tree.
The tree is thought to be over 1000 years old which means it was growing around the time William the Conqueror ruled.
At one time the tree was said to have a ceiling with a pigeon loft above and door fitted, which can be seen in the gallery.
In 1768 George Pauncefort Esq. who rented Bowthorpe Park is recorded as having it floored with benches placed around to use as a dining area. (View gallery to view the remains if the nails used to hold the benches in place)