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St James's Church Garden opening

St James's Church Garden St James's Church Garden opening
Inscription

Mary of Nazareth by Sir Charles Wheeler P.R.A., presented in 1975.

This garden was opened by Her Majesty Queen Mary, May 12th 1946.

Site: St James's Church Garden (3 memorials)

SW1, Piccadilly

Looking at the cafe picture:
- The war damage plaque is on the wall that you can just see on the left.
- On the right you can see one of the four cherubs belonging to the Southwood fountain.

This former graveyard was opened as a garden, funded by Viscount Southwood, in 1946 by the Queen Mother.

On a visit in about 1998 we found a small hand-made memorial in amongst the plants, to Taffy, a tramp who had made the garden his home and had recently died. When we went back some years later with our camera this, not surprisingly, had gone so we sadly cannot include it here. 2012 - Discovering London (dead link) have a picture of Taffy's sign plus one for Mackerel the Rectory Cat.

2022: Watching the 1952 film, The Last Page, we recognised this garden as the location for an assignation for two of the characters (at about 1.5 hours in, on the TV version of the movie). The space looked fresh and clear of all the clutter that was there when we last visited.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
St James's Church Garden opening

Subjects commemorated Information

This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
St James's Church Garden opening

Created by Information

Queen Mary (consort)

Wife of George V, grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II. Born Princess Victoria M...

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Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler

Sculptor. Born Staffordshire. Early rheumatic fever made him unfit for active...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
St James's Church Garden opening

Also at this site Information

St James's war damage

This church, built by Sir Christopher Wren, consecrated on July 13th 1684, da...

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Viscount & Viscountess Southwood - St James's

The ashes of both Southwoods are in the memorial at the top of the steps. Th...

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