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Postman's Park, London

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Postman's Park is a park in central London, a short distance north of St Paul's Cathedral. Bordered by Little Britain, Aldersgate Street, St. Martin's Le Grand, King Edward Street, and the site of the former headquarters of the General Post Office (GPO), it is one of the largest parks in the City of London, the walled city which gives its name to modern London. Its name reflects its popularity amongst workers from the nearby GPO's headquarters.Postman's Park opened in 1880 on the site of the former churchyard and burial ground of St Botolph's Aldersgate church and expanded over the next 20 years to incorporate the adjacent burial grounds of Christ Church Greyfriars and St Leonard, Foster Lane, together with the site of housing demolished during the widening of Little Britain in 1880; the ownership of the last location became the subject of a lengthy dispute between the church authorities, the General Post Office, the Treasury, and the City Parochial Foundation. A shortage of space for burials in London meant that corpses were often laid on the ground and covered over with soil, thus elevating the park above the streets which surround it.
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  • This scenic park acquired its name as a lunchtime garden with workers from the nearby old General Post Office. It is home of the famous Watts Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice built by GF Watts in 190...  more »
  • Grab some lunch and read wonderful stories about London heroes commemorated in Postman's Park. We stumbled on it one day while wandering around old London. It is close by The Museum of London which I ...  more »
  • Enjoyed my time spent in the park while making my way to and from the Museum of London. Initially, the park was overcrowded with school children on their lunch break and I was unable to read the signs...  more »
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  • We were lucky and found a guy there explaining the history of this place and talking about the stories at the park. You can find details about these online now apparently. Launched recently
  • A hidden gem of local history. Thetexarrctilrs commemorating heroic acts by ordinary people in the C19th
  • Hidden Park in the middle of the city, perfect for a quiet break. It's beautiful and peaceful, with touching and interesting history to check.
  • Interesting and historical garden in the centre of the city. Beautiful place to sit and relax
  • Lovely park with a wall of plaques dedicated to Heroes who lost their life in the act.