Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Is Christ buried at St Pancras?

A couple of years ago I wrote about the fascinating area to the north of St Pancras station and mentioned Aidan Dun's poem Vale Royal, which offers a mystical geography of this landscape.

The writer of BLDG Blog records that he used to be Dun's neighbour and tells us:

I think it's from Dun – but I don't actually know; I just associate this with him – maybe I made it up? – that I heard a legend claiming that St. Pancras Old Church, stranded on its small hill behind the train stations next to the old London Hospital for Tropical Diseases, is actually the secret burial place of Christ.

The church, obviously, was built much later, as a means of marking the site – at the same time keeping silent its little secret.

And thus somewhere in the London soil, we're meant to believe, is the body of Jesus Christ...

Imagine if it is there, though.

Imagine that it's down there, talismanic, demagnetizing harddrives and affecting the moods of certain bus routes. You're always happy whilst riding the 73 – and now you know why.

It could be true. After all, it is widely believed that Boadicea is buried under platform 10 at King's Cross.


Nich Starling said...

Boudicca, not Boudicea. The "e" was added in place of a "c" because of a mistranslation many hundreds of years ago and has stuck. It should be "Boudicca".

Anonymous said...

So let's get the legend straight - having lived a couple of thousand years after his resurrection, Christ finally succumbed to a tropical disease in London. Or is it that the Romans took the prisoner, across the Mediterranean, out of the Roman empire and crucified him in the middle of an ancient British village some 30 years before they bothered to invade and conquer Britannia? Ah, I get it, it's something to do with the Da Vinci Code.

Anonymous said...

I first read "Is Chris buried at St Pancras?" There has obviously been too much talk about the leadership election...