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
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.