UK St Pancras Cemetery The Hardy Tree

Found nestled in a cemetery close to London’s St. Pancras Old Church, an ash tree stands oddly surrounded by hundreds of decaying gravestones.

In the 1860s, growth of the train lines at St Pancras meant the graveyard would be affected and to accommodate this change, the remains were exhumed and buried elsewhere. 

Instead of getting rid of the gravestones, Thomas Hardy an employee of the site placed them around the ash tree, which was not so big in size back then. As years passed and the tree grew, the graves almost became part of it. It was a really unusual sight to see; just heartbreaking that the stones did not remain where they had originally been laid.

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