Showing culture blog archives for: December 2016

Where Can You Find Marble Arch Sculptures Around London?

Some sculptures originally intended for the Arch ended up decorating other buildings in the capital. So, where can you find Marble Arch sculptures around London?  When John Nash was sacked from the Marble Arch project for overspending, replacement architect Edward Blore completed the Arch in a practical fashion, leaving off much of the elaborate decoration that…

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What Marble Arch Might Have Looked Like

Ever wondered what Marble Arch might have looked like if George IV had lived a little longer? John Nash (1752-1835) was the favoured architect of the Prince Regent, later King George IV. Under George’s auspices Nash designed and planned such landmarks as The Regent’s Park, Regent Street, Carlton House Terrace, much of Buckingham Palace and…

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What Is A Tyburn Poem?

What is a Tyburn poem? It is a six line format consisting of 2.2.2.2.9.9. syllables. The first four lines rhyme and are all descriptive words. The last two lines rhyme and incorporate the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines as the 5th and 8th syllables. The Restoration of the Tyburn Stone plaque on 2 October…

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In Praise of the Marylebone Flyover, and What Lies Beneath

Inspired by wonderful pictures from Transport for London’s archive, we wrote this blog In Praise of the Marylebone Flyover, and What Lies Beneath. Assuming a commanding position across Edgware Road the Marylebone Flyover was constructed as part of the Westway to relieve congestion and provide a direct route into Central London from the West Cross…

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Midnight Samra: Celebrating Edgware Road

In April 2014, Edgware Road Partnership teamed up with Masters Student Farida Alhusseini from Central Saint Martin’s to bring the exhibition Midnight Samra celebrating Edgware Road to Subway Gallery* in the underpass under the Marylebone Flyover. The exhibition captured thoughts and aspirations shared by communities wishing to see Edgware Road as a more inclusive space, and turned…

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Restoration Of The Tyburn Stone Plaque

The restoration of the Tyburn Stone plaque took place during the summer of 2014, 50 years on from its original installation and dedication. Edgware Road Partnership (the forerunner of Marble Arch BID) commissioned DBR (London) stone masons to undertake this delicate job, working closely with the Tyburn Convent and City of Westminster. Transport for London surrounded…

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Was Marble Arch Ever A Police Station?

Was Marble Arch ever a Police Station? The short answer is no but it was used by the Metropolitan police for over 50 years. It was never a fully functioning police station, i.e. a place to report crimes, a building with holding cells or interview rooms. This myth may have grown out of confusing Marble Arch with…

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Inside Edgware Road’s 1926 Signalling Cabin

In September 2016, Edgware Road’s 1926 Signalling Cabin was designated as an item of national historic interest by the Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board. Built in 1926 and operated by the Metropolitan Railway – the world’s first underground railway and the predecessor to London Underground – the cabin’s technology is still in use. Its mechanical…

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