Close up of sign on memorial which commemorates Alice Ayres

Watts Memorial, Postman’s Park

This is a wonderful pocket of green, a sudden warm and welcoming open space within the Square Mile.  It is very near the Barbican, and got its name because it was a popular place of relaxation for workers from the General Post Office Headquarters on King Edward Street.

The park was opened in 1880.  It’s an irregular shape tucked between office buildings and is made up of the churchyards and graveyards of three different city churches.

It’s open from 8am to 7pm or dusk (whichever is the earlier), every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year.

“What is absolutely distinctive about the park is this remarkable construction called the Watts Memorial. I’ve never come across anything like it in any other city. I find the Watts Memorial just very appealing and very touching: a modest tribute to modest people, beautifully done.”

Sir Nicholas Kenyon worked with VocalEyes Describer Eleanor Margolies on the description of the Watts Memorial and Postman’s Park for London Beyond Sight (2012).

Directions, Access and Additional Information

Tube: St Paul’s – Central Line

Bus: 4, 8, 25, 56, 100, 172 and 242

Train: Blackfriars

Exit St Paul’s tube station and immediately cross over Newgate Street via the controlled crossing and bear right into St Martin’s Le-Grand.  Continue along St Martin’s Le-Grand past Angel Street which is on your left; the entrance to Postman’s Park is on the left just past the Nomura building.  The entrance gates are marked by a large ecclesiastical looking water fountain on the left and have two wrought iron gates which are usually kept shut.

There is a small step up to the gates; the pathways within the park are level and well maintained.

Opening times:
Monday to Sunday 8am – 7pm

Parking – There is very limited parking in some of the side streets.

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