Two trees were planted here in celebration of the coronation of Edward VII on 9th August 1902. The trees are now more than 100 years old and the plaques, which had once stood a long way from the trunk of the trees are now slowly being swallowed by the expanding tree trunks.
The grounds of the church were often used for community celebrations. You can see the much younger and smaller coronation tree in the background of this photograph of residents gathered to celebrate the coronation of George V in 1911.
George V’s coronation had originally been planned for June, however the King was suddenly taken ill with an abdominal abscess that required surgery and the coronation had to be delayed. The delay might have meant there was more time for planning as there are photographs showing all kinds of Buckingham celebratory events, including fireman fighting with their fire hoses!
With thanks to Buckinghamshire Archives for the use of archive photographs, and Lauren Hutton for the picture of one of the coronation trees in 2020.
Credit for image of Pipistrelle bat by Barracuda1983 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons