The spread of the massive Yew can be clearly seen from the fellside
As the branches hit the ground they take root and so the yew never dies
During the War of the Roses bows of archers were made from the Martindale Yew
The Birkett tomb in Martindale Old Church's graveyard, where the first priest of St Martin’s, Richard Birkett, is interred.
When he died age 95, Richard Birkett left a sum of £100 "towards the better maintenance of a godly, sober & religious Minister at Martindale Chapel"