Friday, June 10, 2016

A London park that tugs at the heartstrings

I always love discovering new places in London.  Postman's Park is a recent "find".  I learned about its existence on a walking tour of The City about three years ago and now I try to visit every time I am in London.  This small park was opened in 1880 on a former burial ground.  In 1900 it became a location for memorials to self-sacrifice   This was an idea of  George Frederic Watts who wanted to commemorate those who had died while saving others as a way of ensuring they would not be forgotten.  He had wanted the memorial erected in Hyde Park but his application was turned down and it was installed here instead. Reading the tiles is very poignant yet I must confess you can't help but smile at some of the old fashioned detailed descriptions.  Enjoy! 

As you can see it's a lovely place to sit and is in a quiet tucked away corner of London that not too many people seem to know about.

The canopy covering the tiles commemorating ordinary heroes. 

Postmans Park is quite near to St Paul's Cathedral and is indicated on a signpost nearby.  You can learn more about Postman's park by clinking on this link.   In doing a bit of research for this post I found out there is an app for smart phones that you can use while in the park to give you more information.  Aaargh!  If only I'd known about it then.  There was also an after hours tour in mid May which I missed as I knew nothing about it - then again I was in Scotland walking with Colin so I wouldn't have wanted to have missed that!!! There is also a book detailing the lives and deaths of all the people who are featured in the park - I didn't need to know that!  This park is well worth a visit if you are in the area.  

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