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New Road, or, as it now called, the Marylebone and Euston roads, forms, with its continuation, the City-road, the northern alternative route from the City to the West-end. It starts from Moorgate-street by way of Finsbury-square, and debouches into the Edgware-road about half a mile from the Marble Arch. It has no very special feature, except perhaps the semi-surburban character of most of its houses, each with its little patch of garden in front, and its little cluster of tombstone-makers about Tottenham-court-road. The Metropolitan Railway runs under it for nearly its whole length.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879