Havengore at St. Katharine Docks in October 2014. Fifty years ago today (30 January 1965) it was  Sir Winston Churchill’s boat on the occasion of his state funeral.




Trinity Square Gardens & Poppies at the Tower of London

Immediately at the exit of Tower Hill Station is Trinity Square Gardens. Overlooked by most visitors in their rush to get to the Tower itself, it contains Merchant Navy memorials relating to both World Wars & also the Falklands conflict. It is also the site of the infamous Tower Hill scaffold & contains a memorial on the actual spot & a number of plaques naming those who were executed there, mainly for views differing from those of the contemporary monarch, including Sir Thomas More & Archbishop Laud.

View across the gardens, with the Mercantile Marine Memorials in the middle background. The site of the scaffold is just to the far side of the lower memorial to the right.


 The Falklands conflict Merchant Navy memorial with the listed former Port of London Authority building in the background.


Site of the Scaffold. (Stock pic. via Wikipedia)


 At the Tower itself, a sea of porcelain poppies commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of World War One & will remain there until November 11th.