My London home is in Marylebone. This week it has been smoggy and polluted, but usually I feel lucky to live here.
Where does the rather odd name “Marylebone” came from?
Tongues have twisted and re-shaped it over the years into something like “Mar – lee – bone” or “Marry – li – bone”, but originally the name “Mary-le-bourne” described the old church of Saint Mary by the Tyburn river. The river is now invisible, having disappeared into culverts and sewers below ground. But it is still remembered in this sign on Marylebone High Street.
There was once a Tyburn Manor House, commemorated now by a sign on the London Clinic.
We haven’t had a local council called Marylebone since the name disappeared in the reorganisation of London’s local government in 1965, but we still have –
a railway and underground station called Marylebone;
Marylebone library (which moved last year – see their blog);
St Marylebone Parish Church – part of the Church of England;
a magazine called Marylebone Journal,
a website called Marylebone Online (which keeps me up to date on new local restaurants).
and various streets named Marylebone.
Don’t get muddled – check to see if your destination is Marylebone Road (beware of the traffic), Marylebone High Street (beware of people walking while reading their phones, or shopping while looking too glamorous), Marylebone Lane (which owes its twisty curves to the old Tyburn river) or Marylebone Street (pop in for a cup of tea if you’re passing).