Reprinted from Newsletter 117, dated 2005 November-December

A rare photo of Gog and Magog taken in about 1903 by Walter Tully, Glastonbury’s pioneer photographer, when the ancient oaks were in a healthier condition than today — Gog, which looked the healthier of the two in the 1980s, seems now to have died.

  The two trees, at the edge of Wick Farm, at the eastern foot of the Tor, are all that remain of an ancient oak row.

  Adrian Pearse procured the postcard via Ebay, the online auction, where it was hotly contested. He wonders when the trees first received their appellation; it is already in use on the century-old postcard.

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