Green Park tree

       Among the many old and strangely disjointed trees in London's Green Park is rumoured to be a tree so steeped in misery and pain that it is known as "The Tree of Death".

      The cruel and grasping limbs saw the noose of many a suicide, and it was said the closer one came to the tree the more that hope and optimism would turn to despair and darkness.

      Witnesses have reported being startled out of their wits by the evil sound of a hoarse gurgling chuckle that emanates from the tree and many people reported the manifestation of a tall dark figure that would appear in the shadows and then vanish if anyone should approach.

      Although the original "Tree of Death may have been cut down many years ago it is possible that, fed by the ancient remains of the graveyard for people who died from leprosy and other contagious diseases that used to exist here, and watered by the Tyburn River which runs underneath the park - the roots still live on and affect and influence the stunted and strangely evil-looking trees that grow today.

      Behind this particular tree is Bridgewater House where the Duchess of Cleveland was staying when Sir Henry Colt fought her lover Beau Fielding in the duelling glade in Green Park.  Once a year, and on that date, in the early misty morning, muffled shouts, curses, and the faint sounds of rapiers clashing and pistols firing can be heard as the duel is fought again and again for eternity.

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Green Park - The Tree of Death
Photograph © Anthony Bliss 2004