Coronation Tree - stands on the corner at the junction of Main
Street and Delph Road
Click on the small pictures to see the larger version
The Coronation Tree was planted on 9th August
1902. The following is an extract from "A Historical Sketch of Tullibody"
by Robert Kirk - 'The Committee had prepared an elaborate program for the
occasion, the principal event being the planting of a Coronation Tree on the
site of "Jock's Well" at the junction of North Street and Delph Road.
A large gathering assembled round the spot, over which Mr. Robert Kirk, Chairman
of the Coronation Committee, presided, and after praise and prayer, called upon
Mrs. Robert Knox, Woodside, Cambus, to perform the ceremony of planting the
Tree, which she did in a very gracious manner, and the Tree was "well and
truly" planted. Mrs Knox was then presented with a miniature silver spade
as a momento of the occasion by the Rev. H Bruce Muir, assistant at St. Serfs,
on behalf of the committee. The tree is protected by an iron shield, the gift
of Mr. R.G. Abercrombie, Alloa, to which is affixed a name plate bearing the
following inscription:- "This tree was planted by Mrs. Robert Knox, Woodside,
Cambus, to commemorate the Coronation of King Edward VII, 9th August 1902"
On 9th August 2002 the Coronation Tree was 100 years old. That occasion was celebrated by an article in the Alloa Advertiser. As far I know it's an Elm Tree.
Pictures of the Coronation
New Row (it also used to be called Barrel Row) is now Delph Road (the street in the pictures), just off the present Main Street. The tree and many of the buildings in the left-hand picture above still stand. When gas was introduced into the village in 1904 the first lamp to be lighted was the one nearest the Coronation Tree. Mrs. Kinmond, wife of the local headmaster, performed that ceremony.
Thursday, November 20, 2008 - In Delph Road, the overhead electric wires are in the process of being removed today. In recent weeks, the old houses that were supplied by them have been supplied by underground cable. The old wood poles that supported the wires will be taken away soon.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - Council workers have removed the plaque and railings around the Coronation Tree. Later on the original plaque (which was almost unreadable under layers of black paint) was cleaned up and then stuck in the ground next to the tree.