Postman’s Park, A Heroes Tribute in the Heart of London
Postman’s Park, Hidden London
Around the corner from glorious St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, is a quiet little park with lush gardens, flowing fountains and a memorial to London’s unsung heroes.
The Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice was proposed by artist George Frederic Watts in 1887 as a way to recognize the heroic acts of ordinary citizens who died saving others.
Watts spent years scouring newspapers for worthy recipients and after much negotiation with city planners, the project commenced on 30 July 1900. A loggia was constructed with room for 120 memorial plaques, placed side-by-side.
Sadly, by the time the construction was complete, Watts was too ill to attend the unveiling ceremony. When he died in 1904, his wife vowed to fulfill her husband’s wishes and carry on with the project.
Impending war and lack of funding left many of the 120 memorial places empty and the unsung heroes of London were left…unsung.
Plaques were added sporadically and the memorial was largely forgotten until 2004 when the Golden Globe winning move Closer brought the memorial back into the public eye. In June of 2009, the first plaque in 78 years was installed on Watts’ Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice.
Leigh Pitt lost his life while saving a 9 year old boy from drowning in the Thamesmead Canal. There are heroes left in the world.
Things to Know About Visiting Postman’s Park
Postman’s Park is a public park. There is no fee for entrance. You can access the park from either King Edward Street or St. Martin’s Le-Grand near St. Paul’s Cathedral.
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