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Hardy Tree

Thomas Hardy as a young man was an architectural student. He was involved in the removal of consecrated graves and grave stones in Old St Pancras Church to make way for the train lines. This is known as the Hardy Tree. I wonder how much his involvement in the project helped develop his ideas of the damage the Industrial revolution was doing to rural England with the movement of populations into towns and the destruction of the English way of life.

What I do find fitting is the fact that the tree is now growing around the stones and that the whole area is now being turned over to parks open spaces and cleaner living for the people of London. Within a hundred yards of here there is an urban natural garden space that backs onto the Grand Union canal. All moves in circles :-)

Maybe not the greatest, most interesting photo in the world, but shows some great history.




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Taken on August 26, 2012