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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Discover A Green Valley Off Edgware Road

Tucked just off Edgware Road, you will find Green Valley grocery shop, every inch of it rammed with ingredients and delicacies sought out by Arabic customers. There are fruits and vegetables – blushing pomegranates, feathery bunches of herbs, crisp miniature cucumbers, gourds and fresh dates. The olive and pickle section is vast – barrels brim…

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Look at Marble Arch in 1926

Take a look at Marble Arch in 1926 in this jaunty little film clip from Claude Friese-Greene’s ‘The Open Road’ originally filmed in 1925/6 and now re-edited and digitally restored by the BFI National Archive. It is shot from a vehicle driving along what was then known as East Carriage Road in Hyde Park (now the northbound carriageway of…

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The Tube Station Wrapped In An Artwork

The London Underground stop at Edgware Road (Circle Line) stop is a tube station wrapped in an artwork. Look up as you disembark from tube trains. Look back at the entrance as you exit and take a minute to walk round the side. The station is embraced and enlivened by a intricately patterned artwork, aptly…

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