Tower Hill 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 is known to have been used as a place of punishment and execution from at least the 14th Century.
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'.
Trinity Square Gardens is nowadays best known to members of the Merchant Navy. At the end of WW1 it was chosen as the location for a war memorial to Merchant Seamen "With no grave but the sea". A further memorial was added after WW2, and yet another after the Falklands Islands Campaign.
I created the website to help anyone researching their family history who is unable to get to the memorials. Site contents include an illustrated history of the Tower Hill area, photographs of all the memorials, and details of those commemorated on them. I suggest you start by looking at the Content Overview page.
You can also access a Contact and Feedback form to comment, report errors or ask a question, view the Visitors Book, or perform a search of the website from the Menu. I am regularly contacted by people with additional information and I add this as quickly as I can but it takes time.
You may also be interested in checking out the Maritime Foundation Memorial Book which is kept at the Church of All Hallows by the Tower. It records the names and circumstances of people lost at sea with no known grave and entry is open to all who have been lost from ships, inshore craft, offshore installations and from beaches. More information HERE.
- 27 August 2020: Modifications to improve the visibility of tables on hand-held devices
- 18 December 2020: Additional information regarding the loss of Tangistan in WW1
18 December 2020