Fredville Park is still famous for its trees, the “Majesty Oak” is the largest maiden oak in England and is said by some to be a thousand or more years old. It is now unfortunately suffering from the ravages of time and has recently undergone some minor tree surgery. The once noted avenues of chestnut trees planted in the 18th century are now somewhat reduced in number, but the “Step Tree” still stands with some assistance.
The origins of the present Fredville estate, owned since the middle of the 18th century by the Plumptre family, possibly goes back to the late 8th century. Recent research has shown its history before Fredville’s acquisition by the Boys family in 1485 to be more complicated than previous histories have stated. Fredville, along with Esole, constituted the knight’s fee of Essewelle recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086.