Victorian London - Buildings, Monuments and Museums - Marble Arch

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Marble Arch, at the west end of Oxford-street, nearly opposite Edgware-rd. Formerly stood outside Buckingham Palace - NEAREST Railway Station, Edgware-road ; Omnibus Routes, Edgware-road, Oxford-street, and Baker. Street.

source: Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879

MARBLE ARCH ... This structure, originally erected in front of Buckingham Palace, was removed from thence in 1850 and rebuilt on its present site, where it forms one of the principal entrances to Hyde Park.

source: Reynolds' Shilling Coloured Map of London, 1895


The dire effects of London smoke are only too obvious to all who look upon this noble structure. Originally erected as a gateway to Buckingham Palace by George IV., it cost no less than £80,000 but when the eastern facade of the Queen's London residence was completed, in 1850, it was taken down, and in 1851 was placed in its present position at Cumberland Gate, where Oxford Street and Edgware Road meet, at the north-east corner of Hyde Park. It is in the style of the famous Arch of Constantine at Rome; the reliefs on the north side of it, the side presented by our view, are by Westmacott, and those on the south side by Baily, and the gates are of bronze.

source: The Queen's London, 1896

source: George Birch, The Descriptive Album of London, c.1896