Square next to Liverpool Street station could be renamed after Sir Nicholas Winton

The stockbroker was instrumental in saving the lives of hundreds of mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia


Sir Nicholas Winton in front of a steam train with evacuees from Czechoslovakia, at Liverpool Street Station, on September 4, 2009. (Geoff Caddick/AFP via Getty Images)

The square next to Liverpool St Station could be renamed to Sir Nicholas Winton Square, in honour of the British man who played a significant role in saving hundreds of Jewish children from being murdered during the Holocaust.

Liverpool Street station was the main arrival point of the 669 children Sir Nicholas Winton MBE helped evacuate from Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s before the outbreak of the Second World War, and the place where those children met their new sponsors and foster families in Britain.

The City of London is now proposing the renaming of the recently pedestrianised part of Liverpool Street next to the railway station to commemorate Winton, who died in 2015.

The Sir Nicholas Winton Memorial Trust have expressed enthusiasm for the proposal after being consulted by the City Corporation.

In a statement to the JC, trustee Laurence Winton, Sir Nicholas Winton’s grandson, said: “We are truly grateful for this initiative, which will serve as a lasting tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton's humanitarian efforts. We believe that a permanent renaming will not only honour his legacy but will also serve as an educational landmark. It will remind passersby of the virtues of compassion and bravery, and the significant impact one individual can make in the lives of many."

The formal consultation process is currently open and will close on 25 April.

A film about Winton, One Life, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, premiered earlier this year on 5 January.

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