Watts Memorial to heroic self-sacrifice: the stories behind the plaques.
Postman's Park is a rather special place: a small haven among the office blocks near St Paul's Cathedral, it is also home to the Watts Memorial. Established by Victorian artist 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 2016, I updated the series which originally ran in 2008-9, 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.
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, and Heroes of Postman's Park explores the lives commemorated. There's also an app, Everyday Heroes, which allows you to engage interactively with the stories while at 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 plaque!
Index of names