Blink and you’ll miss it: Slyvia Plath’s grave

High up on a hill above Hebden Bridge, hidden between rows of other headstones  and overgrown weeds in St Thomas Churchyard lies the grave of Slyvia Plath.

The American poet, novelist and artist was buried here in 1963, after she tragically killed herself in her London flat following the breakdown of her marriage to fellow poet, Ted Hughes.

 Covered with pens, pencils, pennies and a unruly selection of flowers, it’s a poignant if arguably too small memorial to a talented woman whose life ended in such tragic  circumstances.

Why she was buried here amidst landscape that for many months could be considered bleak by someone from the more genteel region of Boston, USA and not back home, in London or even Devon where the couple once lived, is not totally clear.  The  most common explanation is that it’s close to Mytholmroyd, where Hughes was born.

Whilst it’s always worth a visit,  there’s even more reason to now that the summer months are approaching-Heptonstall itself is one of the most picturesque hamlets around-and who, in their right mind, can resist the lure of a trip to nearby creative treasure trove, Hebden Bridge?


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