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Marble Arch

Originally intended as an entrance to Buckingham Palace and thought to have been modelled on Rome's Arch of Constantine. This 'triumphal arch' was popularly said to have been too narrow for the State Coach, however with the addition of an east wing to the Palace, the arch was re-erected in 1851 as a gateway into Hyde Park. Later, the park boundary was moved back, leaving Marble Arch an entrance to nowhere. Nearby, where Edgware Road intersects Bayswater Road, stood Tyburn Gallows, where public executions took place until 1783.

See Also: Wellington Arch

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