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Hanging about graveyards again

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I wanted to visit the Hardy Tree in St Pancras Old Church yard so on Sunday I headed down the motorway and into my work borough to start with. Traffic was a bit rough along Hackney Road thanks to roadworks closing lots of other main routes around there plus the adjacent Columbia Road flower market. I was filtering down the outside of standstill traffic, cyclists were filtering down the inside and the Deliveroo mopeds were filtering down the outside of me AND the cyclists. At the same time lemming peds were emerging at all locations and crossing all our paths with gay abandon. Gay abandon is like normal abandon, but better dressed.

I left my borough, negotiated the madness that is Old Street roundabout and then headed along City Road which used to be a daily commute for me when I would drop my old girlfriend to work at Madame Tussauds before heading back to my own work. It hasn't changed much and soon I was riding down the side of Kings Cross station and parking in a convenient solo motorcycle bay across the road from the church yard.

I went into the church first. Unusually for me I actually took a few pictures inside. One was of St Pancras himself, must have been a carbolic church if they have a statue of a saint I suppose. St Pancras is depicted wearing a fetching Roman outfit. I gather he was beheaded for being a Christian. The church is supposedly rebuilt every 200 years and there were large cracks at one end as you'll see. Walking around the tiny surrounding path of the church I turned a corner into a cloud of bees. I stepped back rapidly and took a few pictures of the almost hidden beehives tucked behind the church. On the way back out I noticed that the gravelled path had slabs as stepping stones made from old tomb stones, the date clearly visible on one of them.

 

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I went outside to see the Hardy Tree and the bugger was fenced off and hidden behind small hedges, I could barely see the stones. Next I went to look at the tomb that inspired the designer of the red telephone box. Again, a fence was a round it.

 

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Finally I left the church yard on the opposite side to where I had entered, walked under the railway mainline and found a canal with all new shops and restaurants rammed with people. Seems it was the old coaling storage area judging by the name of the place. Two old gas holders had been reused as the surround for super expensive flats. I spotted the Post Office Tower whilst wandering round the shops. I still imagine a kitten clinging to it every time I see it thanks to The Goodies tv series.

 

 

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Left back through the church, glad to see my bike was untouched. This monument is yet another from the Coutts family. The Queen banks with them. I'd love to see her bank card for when she pops to the cash point to get some readies for a night out.

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Nice one @yen_powell, great use of the old gas holders.  When we stay in London (not very often) we stay in a hotel in Gower St which is close to the post office tower,  I too always expect to see the kitten clinging to it 😄

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46 minutes ago, boboneleg said:

Nice one @yen_powell, great use of the old gas holders.  When we stay in London (not very often) we stay in a hotel in Gower St which is close to the post office tower,  I too always expect to see the kitten clinging to it 😄

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1 hour ago, XTreme said:

Excellent Yen.....but what is it that attracts you to visiting graveyards?

It's the feeling that I can outwit any of the residents if necessary.

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I liked that, have a feeling I walked through part of that when I was in London a few years ago. 

Who was the disrespectful architectonic genius that came up with broken headstones for stepping stones?

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10 hours ago, Pedro said:

I liked that, have a feeling I walked through part of that when I was in London a few years ago. 

Who was the disrespectful architectonic genius that came up with broken headstones for stepping stones?

Someone who didn't want to carry them all the way to the skip I reckon. Sensible chap.

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