Friday, March 13, 2015


This is the next station in my series on 'Above the Underground' Marylebone is the10th station on the Bakerloo line travelling northwards.

It used to be called Grand Central and you can still see the old name at the end on the North bound platform.
No other underground lines stop at Marylebone but as well as being an underground station it is a mainline Central London Terminus for Chiltern Railways.

Close to the station is Harewood Avenue with its mixture of modern and old buildings.

This sculpture is outside the BNP Paribas building

Across the road is a Grade  II listed building of a church.

This is St Edwards Convent of The sisters of Mercy. The sisters built a school for the needy here in 1851. More classrooms were added  in 1897 when they received money from the requisition of their land to build Marylebone station.

A few minutes walk away is the Regent's Canal.

Such beautiful reflections today.

Walking back towards the station I spotted this old petrol station which has a new life as a flower station.

The Seashell is an upmarket fish and chip shop which has been serving this popular meal for over 40 years.
Public houses seem to be round every corner. This one dates back to the 1880s.

When is a church not a church? When it has been  deconsecrated  and converted into offices.

This is Alfie's Antique Market in Church Street. Prior to opening in 1976 it was an old department store and was given a facelift of the Egyptian style art deco facade. Inside it has over 100 antique dealers trading there and is one of the largest antique arcades in the country.

This is the old Marylebone Grammar School. Originally founded in 1790s as the Philological school it moved to Marylebone Road in 1827.

The original aim of the Philological school was to have 40 students, ten for religious orders, ten for the navy and twenty for mechanics. Boys were not admitted unless they could read and they had to remain at the school until the age of fourteen, when they would choose their occupation. The school had a number of generous subscribers to pay for the boys' education.

On the corner of Marylebone Road and Harewood Avenue is this art deco building, once the headquarters of Woolworths.

At the top of the building is this colourful plaque with the 'W' for Woolworth
between a man and woman holding a flagpole.

At either side of the building are these reliefs depicting sunrise and sunset.

Above the door is a sculpture by Bainbridge Copnall showing a man holding a globe to represent the world wide trade of Woolworths.

Dorset Square garden. It was here that Thomas Lord established the first cricket ground in 1787 until it moved a short distance away to Lisson Green Estate in 1811

                                    Lisson Green Estate now.

These art deco apartments were built in 1935. The sculptor Eric Gill carved the reliefs.

My exploration of the area has now gone full circle as I return back towards Marylebone Station.

Sharing with James at Weekend Reflections


  1. The grammar school is impressive as is Dorset House.

  2. Again, another fascinating tour. I love the way there is so much to see in such a small geographical area. Imagine living in a building with Eric Gill reliefs? I'd love that.

  3. I like your series of the undergroundstations so much. Thank you for this very informative and nice walk. The grammer school is very impressive.

  4. Such beautiful reflections of the Regent's Canal... lovely and very interesting tour...

  5. Most enjoyable jaunt

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  6. love the fishandship shop and the old woollies hq is very interesting.

  7. Such good looking buildings, both -- the old and the new. You seem to have caught some great art and architecture. The relief work looks very impressive.
    Thank you for the tidbits; they were interesting. :)

  8. Such lovely buildings, I would love to visit there. I read many British novels and I am longing to go. Perhaps one day.

  9. Ooh, I forgot to mention - thanks for visiting my blog. You mentioned Bedlam -- I recently downloaded a book about Bedlam on my Kindle and now I will have to read it! :)

  10. Wow you take us to places in London I would never think of going to. When is the book coming out?

  11. That brings back memories ! My son's very first work was near Marylebone !


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