Marble Arch to Edgware
John Betjeman takes in a number of sites on his 1968 trip down the Edgware Road, including a visit to Marble Arch where he discovers its fascinating past. The first image in the gallery comes from the original listing in the Radio Times on 31 January 1968.
A stretch of 'urban wasteland'
From the Radio Times on 31 January 1968
A view from above
The Edgware Road as it was in 1968
Marble Arch was once a fully equipped police station
The arch was moved to its present spot in 1851 from its original site at Buckingham Palace
John Betjeman emerges from a trap door on the roof of Marble Arch
Here the police would gather to monitor Speakers' Corner from above
100 policemen could be accommodated inside the arch...
...ready to rush out should there be any trouble at Speakers' Corner