Saturday, May 7, 2011

Peter Ackroyd's London

Deckchair with text, Hyde Park, London
Deckchair with text, Hyde Park
London, September 2006

There was a grove in Kensington Gardens
devoted to the rooks; it contained some
seven hundred trees forming a piece of
wild nature, a matter of delight and
astonishment to those who walked among
them and listened to the endless cawing
that blotted out the city's noise.

From “London: The Biography” by Peter Ackroyd,
page 417. In the book the author sadly concludes:

But the trees were torn down in 1880.
The rooks have never returned.

1 comment:

cieldequimper said...

VP, that's a fantastic post.

Plus it reminds me of my chidhood roaming Hyde Park.