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 WW1, Trinity Square Gardens was selected as the location for a war memorial to Merchant Seamen "With no grave but the sea". Further Merchant Navy memorials were added after WW2, and after the Falklands Islands Campaign.

I created the website to help anyone researching their family history who is unable to get to the memorials. You can find here 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