Wandering around London: from Marble Arch to Wellington Arch

That was the plan. To walk from one famous Arch to another and at the end visit a very special museum.

It didn’t quite work like this.

So, I started here, at Marble Arch

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Marble Arch, London. Historically, only members of the Royal Family and the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery are permitted to pass through the arch; this happens only in ceremonial processions

Crowds everywhere. And strange statues:

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I mean, this is a wonderful sculpture, but why?..

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Opposite the first horse sculpture – another one of a kind of wild “Mongolian” horseman…

Is these horses all gathered near the Hyde Park because it used to be the place for the noblemen to ride their horses at the leafy alleys? I wonder…

 

On a very informative board next to the Arch I read that at this very place there used to be so called Tyburn Tree – that is the gallows where the public executions took place from as early as 1196 till as late as 1783 (they didn’t stop hanging all together then, just transferred it to a different place).

It said there that the site of the gallows is  marked by a plaque at the intersection of Edgware Road and Bayswater Road. I went to look for it but couldn’t find anything similar on any walls.

That was because the plaque was not on a wall but in the GROUND – on the traffic island in the middle of the road!

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So that done, off I went along the edge of Hyde Park on the Park Lane towards my destination – Wellington Arch.

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Hyde Park from the side of Speaker Corner

—————- TO BE CONTINUED —————————–

 

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