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Memorials to Heroic Self Sacrifice

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Site ID :- GTL00087
Key Words :- Memorials
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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
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Site Location :- In Postmans' Park
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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 -
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Contributor :- GLIAS Database - 2 June 2018
Contributors Society :- Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society
Copyright :- cc-by-nc-sa 4.0 © GLIAS Database

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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