Tower Hill: 'Lest we forget'


Tower Hill is nowadays best known to members of the Merchant Navy, but it has been an important place throughout Britain's recorded history. In Roman times it lay within the walls of Londinium, William the Conqueror built the Tower of London nearby, and it was used as a place of punishment and execution from at least the 14th Century and probably a lot earlier.

By 1797 Tower Hill had become a dumping ground, but an Act of Parliament was passed to transform the area and lay out Trinity Square Gardens - initially open just to residents and 'subscribers'. After World War 1, Trinity Square Gardens was selected as the location for a memorial to Merchant Seamen "With no grave but the sea". Further memorials to Merchant Seamen were added after World War 2, and after the Falklands Islands Campaign. In May 2013 Trinity Square Gardens was chosen as the location for a commemoration service to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.

I created the website to assist those researching their family history but unable to get to the memorials. Most weeks I am contacted by people seeking information and I do what I can to help them. It is very encouraging that there is still a lot of interest in the sacrifices made by the Merchant Navy during the various wars.

The site includes an illustrated history of the Tower Hill area, photographs of all the memorials, and details of those commemorated on them.

Contents of the website

Brian Watson

Brian Watson