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The Hale History Tree


Hale village, just to the west of Liverpool, dates back to Anglo Saxon times and has many old houses and other features. The most famous inhabitant of Hale was John Middleton, also known as the Childe of Hale, His claim to fame - he was reputed to be nine foot three inches tall. Born in 1578, there are many legends about the man. It is known that King James the First of England invited him to London where he fought with the kings champion in a bout of wrestling. The contest came to an end when the champion's thumb was put out of joint, much to the chagrin of many courtiers who had placed wagers on their own man. At this stage the King stepped in and presented the Childe with a £20 purse, and a royal 'request' that he should return home. It is recorded that on his journey "his comrades rob'd him of what he had so that he was oblig'd to follow the plow to his dying day". He is buried in the local church in Hale.

An old Elm tree once stood opposite St Mary`s church for many years, unforunately it became diseased.  Instead of removing it completely, it was decided to do something with it so a it was carved into a life sized figure representing the Childe and other artifacts from Hale's long history.

The Hale History Tree


Hale village, just to the west of Liverpool, dates back to Anglo Saxon times and has many old houses and other features. The most famous inhabitant of Hale was John Middleton, also known as the Childe of Hale, His claim to fame - he was reputed to be nine foot three inches tall. Born in 1578, there are many legends about the man. It is known that King James the First of England invited him to London where he fought with the kings champion in a bout of wrestling. The contest came to an end when the champion's thumb was put out of joint, much to the chagrin of many courtiers who had placed wagers on their own man. At this stage the King stepped in and presented the Childe with a £20 purse, and a royal 'request' that he should return home. It is recorded that on his journey "his comrades rob'd him of what he had so that he was oblig'd to follow the plow to his dying day". He is buried in the local church in Hale.

An old Elm tree once stood opposite St Mary`s church for many years, unforunately it became diseased.  Instead of removing it completely, it was decided to do something with it so a it was carved into a life sized figure representing the Childe and other artifacts from Hale's long history.

comments (9)

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Mar 2008, 06:58
Crazy 9'3" - wow. And even better - £20 could make the difference whether you had to follow the plow.

Great blog.
Les Auld: Thanks Loius, I suspect £20 was an immense sum in those days.
  • Ann
  • Suc sur Erdre-France
  • 28 Mar 2008, 09:19
Like an old postcard ... Beautiful composition ...
Les Auld: Thanks Ann, juxt a bit of post processing.
  • Alan
  • Southampton
  • 28 Mar 2008, 16:30
Interesting notes, Les.. funny old wolrd, isn't it? Is this a scan of a newspaper cutting or something? I'm trying to work out if there is bleed-though of some text or similar.
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment Alan, the picture was taken the same time as the previous one, blue sky and sun, but I wanted to produce an old feel to it. A couple of textures, some half hearted de-saturation and a bit of fiddling produced the old newspaper look.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 28 Mar 2008, 19:00
Nice old processing Les. Thank you for the fasinating history.
Les Auld: Thanks Aussie, glad you liked it.
Another great story to go with the picture. Him being 9'3" has got to be a tall storytongue
Les Auld: Tall as it needs Bill. Thanks for the comment.
This is really interesting Les: thank you
Les Auld: My pleasure Chris, thanks for commenting.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 29 Mar 2008, 12:15
How cool, nice idea for a dead tree.
Les Auld: Better than chopping it down and leaving a gap, thanks Dave.
Great effect Les of this really interesting old artifact.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, took a while to work on it but I quite like it.
I like very much your post processing Les ! Great !
Les Auld: Thanks Zeb, appreciate the comment.

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