John Betjeman Wrote a Poem About Marble Arch

In 1968, Sir John Betjeman wrote a poem about Marble Arch and recited it from the monument’s roof in BBC documentary, Contrasts: Marble Arch to Edgware. John Betjeman (1906-1984) was Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1972 until his death. When his Collected Poems came out in 1958 they made publishing history and have since sold over two…

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The History of Marks & Spencer Edgware Road

We came across the M&S Company Archive Twitter feed and found an incredible photo of Marks & Spencer Edgware Road from 1912. Subsequently, the company archivist kindly sent us more photos and these lovely stories about the history of the Edgware Road store.  The Penny Bazaar opened at 228 Edgware Road on 1 December 1912, covering…

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Knighthood for Architect of The Edison, David Adjaye

The New Year’s Honours List 2017 announced a Knighthood for Architect of The Edison, David Adjaye. Sir David Adjaye OBE and his international architectural practice, Adjaye Associates, are based at The Edison, 223 Old Marylebone Road. Among his many architectural achievements are the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, the…

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A Closer Look at Marble Arch and its Sculpture

Have you ever taken a closer look at Marble Arch and its sculpture and wondered what it all means and what’s it made of? Read on for a detailed tour of all its features.  The whole Arch is clad in Ravaccione, a grey/white type of Carrara marble from Italy. This was the first time marble…

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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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