Queens Oak History

The Queen Elizabeth Oak Huntingfield is situated on the former estate of Huntingfield Hall (now Heveningham Hall), close to a footpath which commences just to the east of the Hall. It was from this oak tree during the lifetime of Queen Elizabeth 1st, where she allegedly shot a deer. However, it is believed that it was in fact, one of her courtiers who carried out the deed.

Today, the oak still stands and appears to be in good health and according to history, the oak was of considerable age when the above event occurred.  As Elizabeth lived between 1533 and 1603, this makes the tree some 500 to 600 years old at least. (There is documented evidence that the oak is over 1000 years old). The oak has been trimmed and pollarded a number of times during its lifetime, and though the tree appears small considering it’s vast age, these actions have undoubtedly contributed to its longevity.

n.b. There is some evidence that the above may not indeed be a true account of the shooting of the deer. I will add the alternative script when it comes to hand. (25/06/2010 note added). However, from my own research. I can find no evidence that Mary 1st ever visited Huntingfield, and indeed, notes from this site seem to reinforce that Elizabeth visited the area. http://www.bigenealogy.com/suffolk/huntingfield_parish.htm However, Mary 1st(Henry VIII sister) or Mary Tudor, or Bloody Mary as she was known, was staying at Framlingham Castle to raise support from the folk of Suffolk and Norfolk to dispose of Lady Jane Grey who reigned as monarch for just 9 days. Mary succeeded and became queen and a little later had Lady Jane Grey beheaded at the Tower of London along with her husband. So it is possible that Mary could have visited the Huntingfield area during her stay in Framlingham.