Marylebone Watch House in Marylebone Lane
Marylebone Watch House in Marylebone Lane
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Marylebone Watch House in Marylebone Lane
A rear view of Marylebone Watch House, Marylebone Lane. Built in a triangular plot of land fronting Oxford Street. In the Middle Ages it was the site of the parish church of Tyburn. In 1729-30, a court house was built on the site, later becoming a watch house, with accommodation for the constables of the watch, a fire station and meeting place for the parish Vestry. It was remodelled 1824-25 and with the formation of the Metropolitan Police in 1829, it became a police station, and the parish Vestry continued to use it. From the 1850s, the front of the building facing Oxford Street was occupied by John & Edward Bumpus Ltd., a bookseller. After the police moved to a new police station in the 1860s, it continued in use as the town hall until a new town hall was built on Marylebone Road in 1913. In 1920, when this view was photographed, it had been sold to Debenhams Ltd. In this view, the triangular shape of the site can be seen, with a busy scene on Oxford Street in the background. A boy in a flat cap rides a bicycle down the lane. A Victorian-style street lamp stands in front of an imposing double doorcase, a large sash window above and smaller sash window on the third storey. In 1935, the building was demolished, replaced by a neo-Georgian block.
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