So-called because passages from the Gospels for Rogation Day were recited by the priest under them during parish perambulations, or "beating the bounds", always carried out at Rogationtide. The best known of the many Gospel Oaks is in the Suffolk village of Polstead, where an annual service is still held, an event that has been going on for a thousand years (Wilks). By their nature, Gospel Oaks usually served as Boundary Oaks too. Hertfordshire people used to keep acorns from Gospel Oaks in their pockets as some kind of health-giving charm (Jones-Baker).

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