The Hardy Tree, London


A not so hardy tree in London has fallen

What was one of the “secret” places to visit in London is now covering the world’s front pages as what is known as The Hardy Tree has fallen. The old ash tree which is (was?) encircled with overlapping gravestones has fallen over.

The St. Pancras cemetery was impacted by the growth of rail. In order to expand the railway, graves within St Pancras cemetery would have to be moved. Architect Arthur Blomfield assigned the job to his assistant, Thomas Hardy who oversaw the work.

Legend has it that gravestones were placed together on a mound with an ash tree planted in the middle as a memorial. The tree became known as The Hardy Tree after the Under the Greenwood Tree, Far from the madding crowd and Tess of the D’Urbervilles author.

The tree may have given up guarding the gravestones, but the unusual site is still there…for now.


St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, London, NW1 1UL

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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