A garden and Statue for Joseph Merrick


Joseph Merrick’s story of courage, intelligence and sensitivity inspired millions during and after his lifetime.

To recognise this, residents of Whitechapel, London have started an initiative to put up a statue of Joseph Merrick in a new city garden named after him.

Joseph loved flowers but was never allowed to visit the Royal London Hospital’s garden during daylight for fear his appearance would frighten passers-by.

Joseph’s Garden aims to put this right by placing the new statue in the middle of a new community garden.

The garden will be planted with year round flowering plants and cared for by local residents and school children.

Portrait of Joseph Merrick

If I could reach from pole to pole or grasp the ocean with a span, I would be measured by the soul; The mind’s the standard of the Man.

Poem used by Joseph Merrick to end his letters (by Isaac Watts)


Joseph’s Garden will be within sight of the shop where Merrick was put on show and the Royal London Hospital where he spent his last years.

It will be sited on land currently used by Crossrail and marked for reinstatement as a garden. 

These photographs show the current reinstatement plans which will be replaced by Joseph’s garden and memorial.