Photo of Allen Hall Seminary (More Tree)
LocationAllen Hall seminary, Beaufort Street, Chelsea
Variety Nigra
AccessPrivate
OS grid referenceTQ 26864 77671
Site classVeteran
Total mulberries5
Largest height (m)7.60
Largest girth (cm)162

An old tree in a courtyard behind the seminary, propped up with rods and chains, is claimed by a sign to have been planted by Thomas More when he built Beaufort House on the banks of the Thames at Chelsea around 1520. While old, and paired with another beautiful specimen in the Hall's gardens (and several younger trees), it is unlikely to be 16th century, although the present trees may have come from the original, which we know More planted (partly because of the heart-shaped leaves of the tree, partly because of the pun in More / Morus).

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