- 13 Oct 2015
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- Tunbridge Wells
I have hunted through my books. Most very large furniture was estate made back in the day, and so could not really be used anywhere else.
Robert Plot, in the Natural History of Staffordshire, 1686, claimed that an oak tree grew in Dudley New Park which was of prodigious height and magnitude, out of which was cut a table of one plank twenty-five yards three inches long and wanting but two inches of a yard in breadth for the whole length.
For some reason I thought this had been cut down, but I was confusing it with the Welsh jointed (referring to the leg structure) long hall table of Tredegar, Monmouthshire in 1650. The single plank top was recorded as 42ft long and photographed in 1908. The base had 14 legs, some turned some not. Thickness looks to be about 4 inches.
Chances of finding a plank that big today - nil?
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