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St Georges Gardens

St Georges Gardens

This green space is tucked away behind the Foundling Hospital in London’s Bloomsbury, and was one of the first burial grounds in the city to be built at a distance from a parish church. It was opened in 1715, and served the parishes of St George the Martyr Holborn and St Georges’ Bloomsbury. It covered … Continue reading

Mammoth Tree

Mammoth Tree

This may be the biggest tree I’ve ever seen, but its absenc e of bark, leaves etc make it look more like an archaeological exhibit. Huge, ghostly, beautiful. I think it’s a former oak.

Abney Park

This was the first of the big London cemeteries to be entirely for non conformist, so open to all non Anglicans, with the ground not consecrated, though there is a big ruined Gothic chapel in the centre. This is lovely, includes a sundial, just in case. This one is full of water, topped with broken … Continue reading

Still Robbing Graves?

Still Robbing Graves?

Here’s an oddity. After the Anatomy Act was passed in 1832 allowing for the legal dissection of corpses, body snatching should have ceased. But few people willed their bodies to science, so the shortage of bodies to train surgeons continued. This is a very overgrown grave in Abbey Park cemetery, with what seems to be … Continue reading

Halloway Holloway

Here’ s a lovely leafy lane, one of the many which you can sometimes stumble upon. In summer they are a welcome respite from the sun, but in winter turn into a bog or stream between high banks. These were mostly paths for clerics and pilgrims centuries ago, as they were the majority of travellers … Continue reading

Spooky Tree

This is in a park on central Cardiff. I think it might be waiting for the park to close so it can misbehave.

Animal Houses

Animal Houses

Here are some more pics from the Museum of Welsh Life; This is a dovecote. At the end of autumn people would slaughter a lot of their animals, preserving them by drying or smoking. Monasteries often kept doves as a supply of fresh meat, but were unpopular as the birds often ate grain, as it … Continue reading