Thomas Hardy’s Early Career

Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, influenced both in his novels and in his poetry

Today marks ninety years since the death of Thomas Hardy, famed English novelist of the Victorian era.

His famous works include Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895).

However, when Dorset-born Hardy first came to London, he was not making money as a writer.

St Pancras Railway Station London Victorian Era the year it opened 1868

In 1868

One of his jobs was to clear graves to make way for the massive new St Pancras railway station, which opened in 1868.

The Hardy Tree in the churchyard of St Pancras Old Church, growing up between gravestones moved there while Thomas Hardy was working here. London Victorian Era.

Headstones were moved for the build, and stacked together. Today, there is a famous spot called the “Hardy Tree“, where – for the past 1.5 centuries – a tree has grown around them.

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On this day: London Frozen

This photograph, dated the 2nd of January, 1962 shows ice and snow at East Finchley station in London’s north. The next winter the United Kingdom suffered one of the coldest winters on record.

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On this day: a Wintry Day in Cheshire

This is the Hartford & Greenbank railway station in Cheshire in England, photographed on a snowy, wintry day: the 28th of December, 1962. This was during the United Kingdom’s infamous winter of 1962-63.

The station, renamed simply Greenbank in 1973 to avoid confusion with another place, opened in 1870 as part of the West Cheshire Railway. It still serves the village of Hartford.

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On this day: the aftermath of a hurricane

This photograph, taken on the 8th of September, 1935, shows a mass burial for victims of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane in the United States.

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Burial_of_1935_hurricane_victims_at_Woodlawn_Cemetery,_Miami,_FL 8th September, 1935, burial with military honors of a reported 116 victims of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane at Woodlawn Pa

One of the worst hurricanes in US history, some 116 people were buried in this ceremony alone, given military honours. The mass funeral took place at the Woodlawn Park Cemetery in Miami, Florida. A total of 408 people were killed in the disaster.

XTrain_derailed_by_the_1935_hurricane Florida East Coast Railway Overseas Railroad relief train derailed near Islamorada, Florida during the 1935 Labor Day hurricane.

The Islamorada area of Florida was also devastated, with areas of the railroad (above) severely damaged or destroyed.

On this day: an abandoned station in England

This image, dated the 17th of August, 1968, is of the abandoned Cole Green railway station in Hertfordshire, England.

The station provided transport on the Hertford and Welwyn Junction Railway from 1858. The final passenger service was on the 18th of June, 1951.

Cole_Green_Station,_Herts_geograph-2229883-by-David-HillasSituated in Station Road, Letty Green, this former station was on the railway line between Hertford (North) and Welwyn Garden Ci