Site ID :- GTL00087 Key Words :- Memorials Linked Sites :-
Address :- Postmans Park, Aldersgate St, London, Greater London, EC1A 4EU Grid Reference :- TQ 32073 81483 Grid Co-ordinates :- Easting 532073 m, Northing 181483 m Lat & Long (WGS84) :- 51.516838 , -0.097948 View Historic Mapping Site Location :- In Postmans' Park Viewing Site :- Parish or Township :- Administrative Area :- City of London Pre 1974 County :- Greater London Council Site Status :- Listed - Grade II* Site Condition :- Operational site, in use for original purpose Historic England List No - 1285796, Site Era :-Early Modern 1850-1950 to Modern Post 1950 Site Dates :- 1900 - Visit By :- -
Record Status :- Reviewed Reviewed By :- Dan Hayton - 1 November 2019
Description and History Postman's Park, which is next to the former Post Office headquarters, was laid out in 1880 by combining three small burial grounds. Its most important feature is the memorial shelter created by George Frederick Watts, the Victorian artist, and opened in July 1900. The rear wall of this shelter comprises 53 Doulton tablets honouring 'acts of heroic self sacrifice': many are industrial in nature. For example, 'Thomas Griffin, fitter's labourer, April 12th 1899. In a boiler explosion at a Battersea Sugar Refinery was fatally scalded in returning to search for his mate.'
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