After the flurry of activity at Bow for the Lansbury 150th anniversary it is a further surprise to find English Heritage recognising the historic spot.
It must be the proximity to the Olympic Park.
EH this week listed a tomb and lavatories at Bow.
The grave is in the churchyard and the toilets are at the churchyard entrance where Gladstone stands above. Last Sunday I noticed the disgraceful condition of the closed WC which the Victorian prime minister seems to be pointing out to passers-by.
The listing details even include bollards in Kit Kat Terrace which is named after a former rector.
The the Tomb of Joseph Dawson is classed Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Special architectural interest as a high-quality Portland stone monument in the neo-classical style featuring his profile in relief and a draped urn;
* Of historical interest as a monument erected by public subscription to a local philanthropist, commemorated by a powerful epitaph recording his virtues;
* Of group value with St Mary’s Church and other listed buildings and structures.
See pages 116-118.