Heroes of Postman's Park
The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in Postman's Park, London, contains fifty-four memorial tablets commemorating sixty-two individuals, men, women and children, each of whom lost their life while attempting to save another. The earliest case featured is that of Sarah Smith, a pantomime artist who died in 1863 and the latest is Leigh Pitt who drowned in 2007. The youngest individual commemorated is eight-year-old Henry Bristow; the oldest, sixty-one-year-old Daniel Pemberton.
In this new book, historian John Price reveals, for the first time, the full details of the fascinating lives and untimely deaths of all sixty-two people commemorated on the Watts Memorial in Postman’s Park.
Set within the historical context of Victorian London, each dramatic real-life story unfolds as the tragic and heroic event is documented in detail. However, the book also uncovers the real people behind each tablet and tells the story of their life, as well as their death, including details of their family history, their spouse and children and what happened to their family after their death.
The book, priced at £16.99 in paperback, is available in all good bookshops as well as many London museums and galleries and online from various outlets including The History Press and Amazon UK .
The author, Dr John Price, is a Lecturer in Modern History at Goldsmiths, University of London.
The Friends of the Watts Memorial was established in 2015 with the primary aims of protecting, preserving and promoting the Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice in Postman’s Park London and, ultimately, to work towards completing it in full as its creator, the artist G. F. Watts, originally intended.
Membership of the Friends of the Watts Memorial is just £5 per year and members enjoy a range of benefits as well as helping to secure the safety and future of the memorial.
The app allows interactive access to information about the sixty-two individuals commemorated on the Watts Memorial and brings them to life as real people rather than just abstract names on a monument. For each person, there is a description of the incident in which they died and details of all the key people involved, allowing the user to gain different perspectives on the circumstances. Events, locations and places of interest can be viewed on interactive maps and the app is extensive illustrated, with pictures of people and places.
The app is primarily designed to be used at the memorial, where each tablet can be recognised using the camera on your device. Away from the site, or on devices that cannot support image recognition, profiles of each person can be selected from a list, so you can continue to browse and explore no matter where you are.