One of my favourite walks in London is through Marylebone High Street. Join me for this lovely walking tour full of London History and story-telling.
Marylebone used to be called the Manor of Tyburn, after the Tyburn river which flowed nearby. Henry Viii had bought this whole manor of Tyburn and fenced off Regents Park as a deer Park. King James I then sold off the southern part which ended up in the hands of the Cavendish family who married into the Earl of Oxford’s family.
Marylebone Road was then developed in 1756 to take pressure off Oxford street. Because of the connotations of Tyburn tree where they used to hang people, they built a new church dedicated to St Mary. St Mary Burne meant St Mary's church by the "burne" or "river. The new St Mary Church was built in 1810 and based on The Pantheon
Elizabeth Barret, the poet met Robert Browning a famous writer and fell in love and were married in secret in that church because her dad disapproved and disinherited her.
Nelson worshipped here and also Lord Byron was baptised here
Henry Higgins and Paul McCartney both lived in Wimpole Street.
Manchester Square is home to EMI House where the Please Please Me photo was taken and also the Wallace Collection which used to be Hertford House.
Then walk up Marylebone Lane, which was one of the original streets which was a country lane following the river Tyburn alongside. It now runs underground.
In Wigmore Street is Debenham and Freebody which was a drapers in 18th century but couldn’t compete with Oxford Street.
Wigmore Hall originally had a Bechstein shop next-door and this was the Bechstein hall with best acoustics in London. Beckstein had to leave because of the Trading with the Enemy act so it became Wigmore Hall where you can see concerts.
The Langham Hotel was built in the mid 19th century and had the first hydraulic life in the world. *In 1889 the publisher Stoddart was looking for literary talent and came to London and invited Wilde and Doyle for dinner. It led to the writing of Dorian Grey and Sign of Four.
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