Postman’s Park (for everyday heroes)

Photo by Jez Nicholson, via Wikipedia Commons

Watching Alan Cumming in his charming wee travel series, Urban Secrets, I learned about  Postman’s Park

Postman’s Park is a quiet little park in St Martin’s le Grand, off Aldersgate Street in the EC1 district. In 1900, philanthropist and painter GF Watts created a memorial to the heroic efforts of unsung, everyday people who had lost their lives helping others.

Photo by Jez Nicholson, via Wikipedia Commons

Reading the beautifully designed Doulton china tablets is a humbling experience. With everything we hear of the nastier side of human nature, here is a litany of courage, care and sacrifice that makes up the other side of that coin.

Being a writer, I’m predisposed to rifling through life to find inspiring elements for my stories. That habit of burrowing through real things to tell stories is not necessarily a pretty trait among writers, but most of us do try to use those proclivities and the gems they unearth to tell new stories about being human. We borrow from life to shine a new light on life.

Photo by Jez Nicholson, via Wikipedia Commons

So, with the greatest respect for those brave (and maybe scared, and maybe frantic, and maybe too desperate to help the innocent or the loved or the helpless to think of themselves) souls of everyday courage and care, the Postman’s Park has burrowed its way into my writer’s brain.

I like to think that in another universe, where the minstrels of the line that leads to Kitty and Cadaver lived, there is a little patch of that garden where today’s band leaves a song and takes inspiration from their comrades who have fallen in service of humanity.

Because in stories as in life, there should always be someone to sing for the unsung heroes.

Find out more about the Postman’s Park:

Photo by Jez Nicholson, via Wikipedia Commons

New to Kitty and Cadaver? Find out about the project in About Kitty and Cadaver or start from chapter one at Read the Book.

4 thoughts on “Postman’s Park (for everyday heroes)

  1. I read somewhere the other day that there is now a mobile phone app that you can download and it tells you everything about each person and how they died. It’s called The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park and it seems to be free to download. If you Google it, you’ll find the website with the download links.

  2. I have a mantra that serves me to take personal responsibility “Nobody is coming!”….maybe though, if you are living it right, someone will feel the need to jump in to help save you in your darkest hours. Saved are the ones who are loved. This place looks to be a beautiful, and deeply poignant, testament to the human spirit. May it burn bright in us all xxxxx

    • It’s always good to be self sufficient when you can manage it, but to offer and accept help when it’s needed. 🙂 I’m looking forward to visiting this park when I’m next in London, to spare a moment for all those who were there when they were needed, and gave everything to help.

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