Lush's Bush

Norfolk

'The Bush', a traditional burial site for suicides, owes its origins to the supposed germination of a stake driven through the heart of a murderer and suicide by the name of Lush. Its age is uncertain but the churchwarden's accounts for Redenhall with Harleston for 1669 contain a note that 7/6 (37 p) was expended on it for...

...planks and work about Lush's bush and cutting of it...

There is also recorded the burial of an unnamed female in 1613 who, under suspicion of murdering her child, took poison. A subscription was made in Harleston for the woman's surviving daughter, the girl being sent to a refuge for the destitute in London. In 1829 the superintendent informed a Henry Fox by letter that "A.T. has been prevented by the laws of her country from producing the fruits of her gratitude therein." Fox relied "A.T. is gone to Botany Bay".

In 1896 an elderly man recalled that as a child he crept between the legs of the adults attending the burial. Peering through the evening gloom he remembered seeing the parish constable, under the direction of a Mr Oldershaw, fixing the stake in position whilst another drove it home with a heavy beetle.

Location

Lush's Bush, now felled, stood midway along the old main road between Harleston and Redenhall church at a point where a lane from the direction of Gawdy Hall joins from the north.