"Marble Arch & Her history" Marble Arch Tip by Elodie_Caroline

Marble Arch, London: 43 reviews and 63 photos

  Marble Arch, you know you're in the West End!
by Elodie_Caroline

I think that Marble Arch is beautiful, and once you see this, you know that you have 'arrived' in The West End.

Marble Arch was built by John Nash, him of the Brighton Pavilion fame in 1828.
It is at the western end of Oxford street in Hyde Park by Speakers corner. The Arch was actually built as the main entrance gate into Buckingham Palace, but when the palace was extended in 1858. The Arch was moved to where it stands now at Hyde Park corner.
Marble Arch actually replaced Cumberland Gate as a new entrance to Hyde Park at the top of Park Lane, complementing the Ionic Arch by Decimus Burton at Hyde Park Corner.

The road layout around Marble Arch has been changed very many times, at one time it had been on the axis for a road to the North from London and a through road from Colchester to the West country by the Romans. It of course has had to be changed due to increasing traffic in 1908 and 1961 which left Marble Arch as an island.

There is actually a more macabre history to Marble Arch.
For 600 years, this was called the 'Tyburn' road, which was famed for it's Gallows. Prisoners were brought from Highgate prison and hung in front of crowds of adults and children who treated this as a day out!, ugh!, not my idea of a day out I can assure you.
People who had committed murder or who had committed suicide were laid to rest in unhallowed ground here too. There is a plaque mentioning this fact in the grounds of Hyde Park.

Address: Oxford Street/Hyde Park, W1
Directions: Marble Arch tube
Phone: + 44 20 3145 1210
Website: http://marble-arch.london/

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  • Written Apr 19, 2007
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