A pair of ancient yew trees guard the North door of St Edward’s Parish Church, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds, England.

This 11th century church is a major attraction of the town. The church
has a unique mix of different architectural styles as a result of
renovations that took place in various centuries including the 15th,17th
and the 19th.

The North door is said to be the inspiration for
the Moria door in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien was
known to have passed through this area prior to writing the series.

Photo: Martyn Gorman,

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