One beautiful spring day I decided to explore the parts of London I had never seen before. As a result, I discovered a place which was heartbreaking and extremely beautiful at the same time.
I came across a Postman’s park – a cozy and lovely park in central London which acquired its name due to frequent visits by workers from the nearby old post office during lunch time. The most remarkable thing about this park is that it commemorates heroic self-sacrifice – everyday heroes who provided models of exemplary behavior. 54 tablets placed on the wall (called Wall of Heroes) describe the nature of each heroic act. Here you can find a story of a police constable who saved lives of others in a fire at the risk of his own life; a 17-year-old girl who died while trying to save a child from a runaway horse; 10-year-old child who drowned while attempting to save his brother after he himself had been just rescued; a medical officer who tried to save a child suffering from diphtheria at the cost of his own life; a man who saved a lunatic woman from suicide but was himself run over by the train…
Unveiled in 1900, the memorial was conceived and undertaken by the Victorian artist GF Watts (1817-1904).
The park itself is quiet, modest, full of lovely flowers and with squirrels running around. This calmness and simplicity arouses deep respect for everyday heroes and for the country which ensures that their names and heroic acts are remembered.