Elizabeth Naylor, aged 19, grandmother of Kay Ashton 67 of Sheffield who now owns her 101 year old Christmas tree. December 8 2021. Britain's oldest Christmas tree which was bought when the world was still in the midst of the Spanish flu pandemic has been erected by the same family for the 101th year. See SWNS story SWLEtree. Each year Kay Ashton, 67, faithfully decorates and erects the two-foot tall tree which has endured three monarchs, a world war and now two global pandemics. The artificial spruce, thought to be the oldest in the country, was bought from Woolworths for sixpence by Kay's grandmother Elizabeth Naylor in 1920. The tree survived Hitler's bombs during the second world war and has remained in the family for three generations and eight house moves. And now - loving decorated in bells from Kay's childhood - it takes pride of place in her kitchen in Sheffield, South Yorks.