WIlliam Wallace Memorial
WIlliam Wallace Memorial
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Neighbourhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Barbican • 4 min walk
  • Farringdon • 5 min walk

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Jannerbloke
Plymouth, UK13,248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
A surprise but worth a few minutes reflection. Put to death close by but his deeds had placed his stature and nobility well above those who captured and condemned him. As fresh Scots moves towards independence loom and post Brexit Britain declines steadily amongst first world states this memorial is an important reminder that disrespect, suppression, bullying and slaughter is no way to build and sustain relationships.
Written 20 February 2022
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futtock21
London, UK16,480 contributions
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May 2021 • Solo
London’s statuary if a mass of contradictions. Elsewhere near Trafalgar Square id a huge statue commemorating the Duke of Cumberland who played a not inconsiderable role in suppressing the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. Yet on the outer wall of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital is a memorial to William Wallace, the Scottish rebel who was executed nearby in 1305. It refers to Wallace’s heroic deeds as a source of pride to his countrymen. But whose country? Which countrymen? Surely not those who support the integrity of the United Kingdom of which Scotland is one of four integral parts? Perhaps in the fullness of time this memorial will be moved to Scotland whilst the monument to Cumberland is quietly dismantled or hurled into the Thames?
Written 12 June 2021
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Vazbo
Stirling, UK1,524 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
My husband and I were wandering around London and we took the time out to find this little gem of a memorial.
Dedicated to William Wallace, and well, you know the history! Situated near where Smithfield’s markets used to be on a wall opposite the small gardens.
Nice touch and someone had placed fresh heather when we visited. #freedom!!! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
Written 14 September 2020
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GlobeTrotting651010
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Very well run and truly interesting exhibit. The tower was fabulous and great exercise both inside and out. Facilities were very good shops cafe and toilets. Would highly recommend. The tower itself is only for the able bodied a lot of stairs but worth it, the views are breathtaking. Would visit again.
Written 24 February 2020
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John
Arlington, VA14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We happened upon the Wallace Memorial while walking to our hotel. It isn't the most impressive of sites in London, but it is powerful to realize you're standing in a place connected to both Scottish and English history. It's a reminder that London has lived many lives and has a long, long history -- even if the places have been appropriated for new uses in our times.

You won't learn much about Wallace the man from this memorial, but it's worth stopping at if you're nearby.
Written 31 October 2023
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guamyankee
Washington, United States5 contributions
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This placard marking the site of William Wallace's death is posted on the outside north wall of St Bartholomew's hospital. If you've seen Braveheart, you got the watered down version of Wallace's torture and execution. Take a look at wikipedia for a more accurate description.
When I visited this memorial, not a single tourist was present. There were some flowers left. It was the Scots that got the memorial posted around 1996.

Not much to see, but I am a fan of William Wallace and his values, and visiting the site was an invaluable experience for me. It's near the top of my list of accomplishments after my 9 days in London.
Written 12 July 2012
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WMIM
Horsham, UK3,202 contributions
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May 2015 • Solo
This small but respectful memorial is situated here because Wallace was executed nearby in 1305. In those days this was London's main centre for executions. For those interested in the gory details he was hung, drawn and quartered, his head was displayed on a spike on London Bridge and his limbs displayed in Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling and Perth. This is how things were done in those days (and similar or worse things are still happening in other parts of the world, as we know).
It is rather a pity that so many get their idea of history from films such as 'Braveheart' which use considerable artistic licence to tell their version of a story and have to have a 'goodies versus baddies' agenda.
Very little is known of Wallace's early life but he came to prominence after Edward I of England took advantage of a succession crisis in Scotland and seized power there in 1296.
Wallace was a leader of the ensuing rebellion. He attacked Lanark the following year, killing the English sheriff there, continued to harass the English and won a major battle at Stirling Bridge against a powerful English force. He continued to have success and even attacked northern England but was finally defeated by Edward at Falkirk in 1298. He escaped abroad and wanted to continue his struggle but by the time he returned to Scotland in 1303 the new Scottish leader had come to terms with the English, to whom he was turned over and transported to London in 1305 for his 'high treason and crimes against English civilians' trial at Westminster Hall, and subsequent execution.
Quite a few people come to look at this memorial, some leaving tributes here.
I found myself near Smithfield recently and walked the short distance here for a brief look.
Written 8 June 2015
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fender1961
Guildford, UK672 contributions
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Feb 2015 • Family
Judging by the flowers and flag this memorial represents a still relevant, living issue. But as someone who's part Scottish it does stir a bit of emotion
Written 19 February 2015
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U_can_call_me_V
Glasgow, UK23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
A little out of the way but worth a visit. The memorial is maintained a volunteer we met on our visit - keep up the great work! It is a nice although very understated memorial to a National hero. There are larger monuments to lesser men.
Written 17 July 2014
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Dale M
Boston, MA383 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
its a pretty decent tribute. I work in The City so i had an opporunity to pop round to see it on my lunch break. As my mother is a jock, its one of those things you have to see. The man himself was a Scottish hero/ Folklore legend so there really was no need to place it in the centre of London but its rather respectful of the English government to acknowledge his suffering. I suppose it appeals to the fans of Hollywood and draws tourists for that reason as the film is historically incorrect anyway.
As for Tom K from Minnesota...... the term 'The British' also applies to the Scottish aswell pal not just the English. Little Geography lesson there for free.
Written 23 January 2014
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