Postman’s Park

19 Mar

Hidden just a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral and surrounded by investment banks is one of London’s secret sights. Postman’s Park is a green oasis on the site of a former burial ground and home to the George Frederic Watt’s Memorial to Heroic Self-sacrifice. A bit of a mouthful, the memorial is a collection of beautifully painted tiles commemorating ordinary people who died saving the lives of others.

The concise yet poetic language with which the heart-wrenching tales are told is really touching and strangely compelling. Some of the stories described could be from yesterday’s newspapers, while others are a historical snapshot of the hazards of living and working in Victorian London.

{all Decorator’s Notebook}

If you’re in the St Paul’s area with a few minutes to spare the memorial is definitely worth a visit. It’s one of those London sites that not many people know is there so feels extra special. Read more about Postman’s Park here and find it between Little Britain, Angel Street and King Edward St.

Do you have any favourite ‘secret’ London sights?

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7 Responses to “Postman’s Park”

  1. Michelle Y April 1, 2012 at 11:33 #

    So funny, after finding out about this place on your blog it made an appearance in Audrey Niffenegger’s book “Her fearful symmetry”. Another sign that I will have to pay a visit to it soon.

  2. Atticus and Finch (@atticusandfinch) March 27, 2012 at 11:29 #

    This is one of my favourite tucked-away places in London. You can’t leave without reading as many of the plaques as you can.

  3. Katrin March 19, 2012 at 16:32 #

    Wait, isn´t this place mentioned in the movie “Closer” with Julia Roberts?

    • Decorator's Notebook March 19, 2012 at 20:53 #

      Very observant Katrin! Haven’t seen it myself but Natalie Portman’s character takes the name Alice Ayers from this plaque in the park:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alice_Ayres.jpg

      The real Alice Ayers was a nursemaid who rescued the three children she cared for by throwing them to safety from the window of their burning house, before being overcome by the fumes and falling from the same window to her death.

      Come to Decorator’s Notebook for a bit of interiors porn and leave with a history lesson… everyone’s a winner!

  4. Michelle Y March 19, 2012 at 13:43 #

    This looks so interesting. Will have to pay a visit when I am back in London.

  5. Decorator's Notebook March 19, 2012 at 09:46 #

    You should definitely go – it’s compelling and touching but somehow doesn’t feel sad. Perhaps because the memorial is so modest in itself.

  6. Mademoiselle Poirot March 19, 2012 at 08:55 #

    I’ve never been there but am really curious now. It looks beautiful in a dark way and I always wonder what places like these would say if they could speak… Maybe I’m just weird though ;-) Have a great week xo

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