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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The Nomadic History Of The Tyburn Stone

The nomadic history of the Tyburn Stone tells of a way marker pointing travellers down the Edgware Road to Tyburn and its various homes.   Standing on a wooden pedestal in the slick modern entrance of one of the biggest hotels in London is an incongruous relic of the 18th century. The London Hilton Metropole on Edgware…

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Was Marble Arch Wide Enough For The Royal Coach?

Was Marble Arch wide enough for the Royal Coach? It is often said that Marble Arch was removed from Buckingham Palace because it was too narrow to accommodate Queen Victoria’s State Coach. In fact, Queen Victoria’s coronation procession passed easily through the Arch as it left Buckingham Palace on its way to Westminster Abbey in…

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