Monday, September 11, 2017

Postman's Park

For the commemoration of Heroic Self-sacrifice.

It was during a wet Saturday morning, in January, when I found this quiet little park. I had been enjoying a stroll from St. Paul's Cathedral, through Paternoster Square and up to Greyfriars Church Garden, when I noticed a gate leading into a small park, so I went in to see if there was anything of interest. And, boy, was there. 

The park appears, at first, to be simply a small patch of grass, surrounded by paving slabs and a couple of benches, with a few trees and bushes breaking up the space. Then you notice a sundial and a small fountain, but It is not until you enter the park proper that you notice a small covered area, where tiles are affixed to a wall. The legend, written on the timber, says, "Commemoration of heroic self-sacrifice."

The tiles all commemorate local heroes who lost their lives while saving others.


Brief History

The park got its name from the many Postmen who used it during their breaks, from the nearby old General Post Office

In 1887, George Frederic Watts suggested the idea of a memorial park to commemorate the 'heroic men and women' who had given their lives in saving others. Eventually, in 1900, the Watts Gallery opened in Postman's Park.

Each of the glazed Doulton tablets, along the wall of the gallery, tells a story of heroism and contains the names and details of each tragedy, many of which concern children.

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