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Postman's Park, London

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Historic Site
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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  • Hidden amongst the towering buildings just north of St Paul's this park is a little gem. A peaceful place with a monument to those who died saving others - worth taking a while to read their stories o...  more »
  • Just a short walk from Barbican, St Paul's this little garden (off Little Britain) has a memorial to ordinary folk who gave their life to save others. It is a wonderful memorial. On sunny weekdays it ...  more »
  • A short walk from St Pauls this little garden of rememberence is a lovely place to wander. It is presently being "done-up". The quirky signs make great reading and it is set up in beautiful ceramic ti...  more »
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  • I love this place. So calming to come here during my lunch hour. The tributes are also incredibly moving. Well worth a visit
  • One of my favorite London parks, especially if you work in the city. Has the Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice which is touching to read, and if you like the movie Closer, has a reference to it there - don't want to spoil, so won't say more!
  • A really relaxing little park in the centre of town. Pretty flowers, colourful fish and insightful history of selfless sacrifice. A great place to humble yourself.
  • Lovely quiet, reflective place to spend a lunch hour. The plaques commemorating acts of heroism from the 19th and early 20th century are awe inspiring.
  • This is a lovely little place of piece, a stone's throw from St. Paul's. Contains the fascinating Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice