The Old English Oak tree is one of the most iconic and essential parts of the the British culture. This mighty thick tree takes about 300 years to fully develop itself and will last for a lot longer after that! The Oak tree has featured so much in our history and heritage that it’s only proper that our homes feature some of it as well. A good solid Oak Roof Truss for example in an extension or as a part of a rustic conservatory might be the best way to do it. How as the Oak tree featured in our past?
- The Home of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. The famous noble turned outlaw rebel against King John and his agent the Sheriff of Nottingham used this Oak as a base of operations in the lawless forest of Sherwood. You can still see the tree purported to be it but sadly this can’t be true as Robin’s adventures happened so long ago the original tree is now gone. It’s nice to imagine the camouflaged Robin and his gang ready to strike out and take some money for the poor.
- The Royal Oak. During the second Civil War things did not go well for Charles the Second. Attempting to take back control from Cromwell and Parliament, Charles’s hotchpotch forces were knocked into the middle of next week by the New Model Army. The only place that he could hide was up an Oak tree. He then escaped to France dressed as a woman.
- The Royal Navy. The reason why Britainnia eventually ruled the waves was our defeat of the French at the Battle of Trafalgar. Although it has been said that the tactics were better but one advantage was the use of solid Oak in the ship’s construction. Cannon balls were unable to penetrate the ships of the line as they breached the French’s formation.