An old dry fruit-body which has turned hard and almost black
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It is not Inonotus hispidus. Hispidus means hairy and the bracket top is smooth. It is more likely to be Phellinus ignarius. Iganarius means burnt and you can see the bracket top is black in places. Was it growing on willow?
I obtained my identification from The colour guide to familiar Mushrooms & Fungi, by Dr. Mirko Svrcek and assistance from an interested friend, but very interested in your comments. In his write-up Dr. Svrcek mentions that the old dry fruit-bodies are hard, frail and almost black, does not mention it being hairy which is interesting. Thanks again for your comments.
Lat/Lng: 52.2, -1.2
OS grid ref: SP6057