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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Hardy Tree

Headstones and tree roots create art.
When the Midland Railways planned to build their new railway line, in the area now known as Kings Cross and St Pancras, they had to figure what to do with the bones and gravestones in the large burial grounds surrounding the historic church.

This rather unenviable task fell to Thomas Hardy. He stacked some headstones around this ash tree, meaning to get back to them later, and never did. Probably because he rushed off to help Dickens write a tale of two cities. Time has seen the stones and the tree, known as the Hardy tree, meld together.

11 comments:

Adullamite said...

I hope the got permission from the various bodies concerned....

Caroline said...

What an amazing story!

Madge Bloom said...

Love this shot.. how interesting the story behind it!

Julie said...

Had to giggle at the first comment.

Mo, would you consider linking this post to my Taphophile Tragics meme which will be open for this week at 10pm Monday night Sydney time. I think other contributors would delight in this image.

http://taphophile-tuesday.blogspot.com.au/

Jack said...

This is a remarkable story.

RedPat said...

WoW - I don't know what to say!

Angie said...

Fascinating - you do find the most unusual things. Going back to the 1860s - wonder who they belong to?

Babzy said...

original , i like it :)

bon bon said...

oh wow. i came upon your photo searching for something completely different, but i'm glad i did. amazing story and image!

StreetLounge said...

Interesting, but creepy.

Jermarmonuments said...

Headstones and roots of tree make a really awesome and amazing view story looks so good......

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