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PREFACE.
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ä THE " Postman’s Park " is the local name of the open
L space, made up of the disused burial grounds of St. Bot-
; olph’s, Aldersgate, Christchurch, Newgate Street, and
St. Leonard, Foster Lane, together with an additional
i plot of land bought by subscription and opened by the
Lord Mayor and the Bishop of London in rgoo. It is
entered from Aldersgate Street or from Little Britain,
and though it lies under the shadow of the Post Office
L buildings, it is very largely resorted to by the workers
E in the neighbourhood. It is open daily from IO o’clock
till sunset. In 1887, the late Mr. G. F. Watts, R.A., the
l eminent artist who painted " Love and Death" and
à many of the noble pictures in the Tate Gallery and the
National Portrait Gallery, suggested the idea of marking
the first jubilee of Queen Victoria by putting up a
national memorial to the heroic men and women who
lost their lives in saving life, wishing to make London
and the nation richer by a record that is iniinitely
honourable. He caused prolonged researches to be
; made in the newspaper files at the British Museum in
i quest of the records of such easily forgotten deeds.
i The national part of the memorial has not yet been