Watts Memorial to heroic self-sacrifice: the stories behind the plaques.
Postman's Park is a rather special place: a small haven amongst the office blocks near St Paul's Cathedral, it is also home to the Watts Memorial. Established by Victorian G F Watts, it is a monument to 'ordinary heroes' who died saving others. Each plaque tells the story of one such act of heroism.
In 2008-9, I ran a series looking at the stories behind the plaques on the Watts Memorial - including the first new one for over 70 years, added in June 2009. This page offers an easy way to explore those plaques, with an index of names as well as listings by theme.
Index of names
On Heroic Self-Sacrifice is an in-depth article from Past Imperfect, the Smithsonian's history blog.
Postman's Park by John Price looks at the history of the memorial.
GF Watts and his wife Mary also created an art gallery and cemetery chapel in the village of Compton, Surrey. It even has its own Postman's Park-style plaques!