Probably the best known and almost certainly the most photographed monument in Old St Pancras churchyard is the Hardy Tree. The world probably doesn't need another picture of this particular ash but you can hardly ignore it once you are there can you? The tree probably has nothing to do with Hardy but the plaque that explains the tenuous connection glides over this fact:
"The novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is best known for his novels set in rural 'Wessex' however before turning to writing full time he studied architecture in London from 1862-67 under Mr. Arlhur Blomfield, an architect based in Covent Garden. During the 1860s the Midland Railwayline 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 (Fraxinus excelsior) would have been placed here about that time. Note how the tree has since grown in amongst the stones."
The London Dead: