Postman's ParkCraigEasy to get to? ★ ★ ★Good for kids? ★ ★ ★Value for money?n/aWorth a visit? ★ ★ ★103
This isn't the kind of place that you'd make a detour for... it's just a nice little bit of green to see if you happen to be visiting the Museum of London (because it's next-door). It's situated in the middle of some office blocks, with a load of plants and trees and benches where you can sit and eat your dinner. You can have a peer into the windows and watch all the workers lounging at their desks having a lazy stare out of the window, with their minds on other things.
The reason you need to come here is not for the plants, but for the covered walkway at the back. Have a closer look at that, and you will see a collection of creamy green and blue tiles on the wall. They are all over a century old, and commemorate 54 brave souls who gave up their lives to save others. It's like a hall of fame for heroes, I suppose. Dead heroes.
There are quite a lot of people who died throwing their mates to safety, before getting flattened by a steam train. Another person climbed up a burning staircase to save her mother, only to get roasted alive in the fire. One poor guy got swallowed up in quicksand, as he tried to drag some kids from the pit. It's all very cheery stuff -- the perfect place to eat your lunch.
My favourite tale is the woman who tried to extinguish some flames in her inflammable dress only to -- you guessed it -- die in the fire. One guy fell through some ice in Highgate Pond, and another got blown up in a sugar factory. There are stories about runaway horses... kids tangled up in seaweed... sinking ships... suicidal lunatic women... you name it, it's here.
It's all very depressing really, now that I come to think of it. Maybe you shouldn't come here after all.
Thank you for reminding me about this sad place. I discovered it for myself a few years ago,quite by chance when going back from some meeting. It was a cold and cloudy day. London is amazing, you can find something new every day, no matter how long you've lived here. Kind regards, Joanna
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