Postman Park – created by George Frederic Watts in honour to the ones who died selfishly while trying to save others
Postman Park known as also The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice- was created in 1900 by George Frederic Watts in honour to the ones who died selfishly while trying to save others. He founded this memorial Postman Park to send the message was not one of how to behave in the rare instance of being faced with disaster, but a blueprint for how to live as a respectable, honourable and purposeful citizen.
During his lifetime, G. F. Watts collected hundreds of newspaper cuttings of heroic acts. Transcriptions of these cuttings formed a catalogue from which cases were chosen and, after Watts’ death in 1904, his wife Mary and a committee based within St. Botolph’s church decided which cases to commemorate.