Postman's Park, London
Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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.To visit Postman's Park and other attractions in London, use our London trip itinerary builder.
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We read about this park before our trip and fortunately remembered to stop by while we were in the neighborhood. It's small and tucked away in a largely commercial district, but the sentiment is sweet... read more »
I stumbled upon the entrance to this park when walking between Museum of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. What a pleasant surprise. The narrow entryway next to St Botolph's Aldersgate hides the beauti... read more »
A beautiful little park, close to St Paul’s Cathedral, is a perfect place for sit on one of the benches and rest for a while. It was opened in 1880 on the site of three former burial grounds and its n... read more »
Just a ten minute walk from the Muesem Of London, this park is perfect to eating your lunch after looking at galleries at the muesem. This park has people, who sacrifice their life for others. R.I.P to people who died saving others.
fantastic park in this busy area of london. the wall dedicated to heroic acts is simply the best
One of London's hidden secrets. A small park that only local office workers or intrepid tour guides know about. There is a wall of tiles from the Victorian era documenting the sad demise of heroes: average people off the street or postmen that sacrificed their lives trying to save others from drowning/burning/being hit by a bus.
the memorial to heroic self sacrifice is well worth stopping to take notice. beautiful. where have our heroes gone?
Inspiring stories of everyday heroes on the wall, shaded park because of surrounding buildings but peaceful. Difficult to get a seat during lunchtime in the summer but quiet the rest of the year!
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