Manchester SquareMarylebone - so good they named it once but pronounced it seven different ways.
is a small but well-preserved Georgian square in Marylebone.
Much of the northern side is occupied by a mansion once known as Manchester House and later as Hertford House - now home of the Wallace Collection.
In 1814, Manchester Square
became briefly famous, when newspapers reported that a "pig-faced woman" was living there.
Early in the 20th century, the ICI company moved into new headquarters in the square, designed to blend in with the existing architecture.
The cover photograph for the Beatles first album ’Please Please’ was taken in 1963 the central stairwell inside EMI House in Manchester Square
(now demolished). A repeat photo was taken in 1969 at the same spot.
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Marylebone is an area in the City of Westminster North of Oxford Street and South of Regents Park. Edgware Road forms the Western boundary. Portland Place forms the eastern boundary with the area known as Fitzrovia.
Marylebone gets its name from a church, called St Mary's
, that was built on the bank of a small stream or bourne
called the Tyburn. The church and the surrounding area later became known as St Mary at the bourne
, which over time became shortened to its present form Marylebone.
Today the area is mostly residential with a stylish High Street. It is also notable for its Arab population on its far western border around Edgware Road.
Marylebone station, opened in 1899, is the youngest of London's mainline terminal stations, and also one of the smallest, having opened with half the number of platforms originally planned.
Originally the London terminus of the ill-fated Great Central Main Line, it now serves as the terminus of the Chiltern Main Line route.
The underground station is served by the Bakerloo Line, opening on 27 March 1907 by the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway under the name Great Central (following a change from the originally-intended name Lisson Grove). It was renamed Marylebone in 1917.