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St james's Garden - people of London - wood

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The garden on this bomb-damaged site was given by the late Viscount Southwood on behalf of the Daily Herald to commemorate the courage and fortitude of the people of London in the Second World War, 1939-1945.

Site: St James's Church Garden (4 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.

The wooden memorial would be seen in the photo of the Southwood fountain, were it not for the green caravan drop-in.

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 Garden - people of London - wood

Subjects commemorated i

World War 2

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Civilian deaths in London caused by enemy action

This page brings together all the memorials that we have for civilians killed...

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People of London

These memorials have been sponsored by newspapers: the Daily Herald and the E...

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Julius Salter Elias, Viscount Southwood

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
St james's Garden - people of London - wood

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St James's Church Garden opening

St James's Church Garden opening

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

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St James's war damage

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

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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Nearby Memorials

Following the Leader

Following the Leader

SE11, Laud Street, Vauxhall Gardens Estate, Darley House

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4 subjects commemorated, 1 creator
Grenfell fire - Methodist church

Grenfell fire - Methodist church

W11, Lancaster Road, 240, Notting Hill Methodist church

These 3 memorials are all in the pleasantly traffic-free Kingsdown Close, at the front of the church. In relation to our photo, the cherr...

1 subject commemorated
Joe Strummer underpass

Joe Strummer underpass

W2, Marylebone Road, Joe Strummer Subway

There is one of these signs at each entrance to this subway, where Strummer used to busk. The subway itself contains an ex-shop which McH...

1 subject commemorated, 1 creator
Brian Holt

Brian Holt

E1, Mile End Road

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South Bank mosaic - Peter Hall

South Bank mosaic - Peter Hall

SE1, South Bank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall / Purcell Room

These mosaics are laid in the pavement in a rather sad, out the way, corner of the South Bank, at street level, near the non-main entranc...

1 subject commemorated, 1 creator