I am just reading 'London's Lost Rivers' by Tom Bolton and in it he mentions St Pancras Old Church and its connection to the River Fleet.
Interestingly Tom Bolton informs that the tree surrounded by headstones I have pictured, is known as 'The Hardy Tree' as Thomas Hardy the author was employed in removing the gravestones and placing them around the tree in 1882 when the railway was being built. The book states 10,000 bodies were moved!
See www.londonslostrivers.blogspot.com

St Pancras Old Church

St Pancras Old Church

Just around the corner from Camley Street Nature reserve is St Pancras Old Church.
There has been a church on this site since Roman times and part of the existing building dates back over a thousand years to the days of the Normans.
St Pancras Old Church's Parish once stretched way down South to Oxford Street and was an important establishment. It was situated near to the River Fleet which flowed down from Hampstead Heath to the Thames. The Fleet was buried as London grew over it and in Victorian times the Church itself fell into disrepair. Mans assault on Ma Nature eventually tore up the Graveyard to make way for the train lines to Kings Cross and St Pancras. Fascinatingly the Headstones that were removed were piled up around a tree in the Churchyard where they remain and the tree has grow amongst them even absorbing some of them into its trunk! Well worth a look.


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