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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Hardy Tree

Shot with Olympus E510
Here's another bit of London strangeness. From the plaque: "Before turning to writing full time, Thomas Hardy studied architecture in London... During the 1860s the Midland Railway line was being built over part of the original St. Pancras Churchyard. Blomfield was commissioned by the Bishop of London to supervise the proper exhumation of human remains and dismantling of tombs. He passed this unenviable task to his protegé Thomas Hardy in. c.l865. Hardy would have spent many hours in St. Pancras Churchyard ... overseeing the careful removal of bodies and tombs from the land on which the railway was being built. The headstones around this ashtree would have been placed here about that time. Note how the tree has since grown in amongst the stones."

If the feeling comes upon you, you can read all of Thomas Hardy's work here.

See where on The London Daily Photo Map

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 2

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:03) : 

An interesting photograph. Well done too.

Do you suppose the loved ones of those originally planted under those headstones would have or could have ever dreamed that in 2008, their loved one's headstones would be among the roots of huge old tree in the middle of the city?

Abraham Lincoln


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