Eric Hemery says; "Near the higher verge of the central grove stands a huge triangular slab; this bears an inscription to mark the felling of a young oak by the botanist Wentworth Buller in 1866, part of the trunk later being deposited in the Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter."
The inscription actually reads:
BY PERMISSION OF HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES WENTWORTH BULLER ON SEPT 16th 1868 CUT DOWN A TREE NEAR THIS SPOT IT MEASURED 9IN IN DIAMETER AND APPEARED TO BE ABOUT 163 YEARS OLD.
It was Mike Brown that first mentioned the correct year was 1868, correcting a mistake made by Hemery and other commentators such as Crossing who give the date some two years earlier. There is also no mention that the inscribed diameter of the tree is enclosed in a circle.
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Tim Jenkinson William Crossing Eric Hemery
Tim Jenkinson: Dartmoor Magazine number 108 Autumn 2012 page 77 William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
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