Marylebone Lives

Marylebone Lives

Rogues, romantics and rebels - character studies of locals since the eighteenth century

Marylebone has been home to its fair share of rogues, villains and eccentrics, and their stories are told here. Over the past 10 years the Marylebone Journal has printed historical essays on the people, places, and events that have helped shape the character of the area. The essays have been grouped into themes of: history, politicians and warriors, culture and sport , love and marriage, criminals, science and medicine, buildings and places, and the mad bad and dangerous to know ‒ those whose stories don't fit a convenient box but are too good not to tell. 

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Marylebone has been home to its fair share of rogues, villains and eccentrics, and their stories are told here. The authors also want to remind the reader that alongside the glamour of Society, there has also been hardship and squalor in the parish, as was graphically illustrated in Charles Booth's poverty maps of London in 1889.

Over the past 10 years the Marylebone Journal has printed historical essays on the people, places, and events that have helped shape the character of the area. Some are commemorated with a blue plaque, but many are not. This is not a check-list of the grandees of Marylebone, though plenty appear in these pages.

The essays have been grouped into themes of: history, politicians and warriors, culture and sport (from pop music and television to high art), love and marriage (stories from romance to acrimonious divorce), criminals, science and medicine, buildings and places, and the mad bad and dangerous to know ‒ those whose stories don't fit a convenient box but are too good not to tell. 

About the editors:  Mark Riddaway has been editor of the Marylebone Journal  from the start in 2005. Carl Upsall has lived in Marylebone since 1999, and was chairman of the Marylebone Association from 2007 to 2010.

Published in association with the Marylebone Journal and the Howard de Walden Estate

Marylebone has been home to its fair share of rogues, villains and eccentrics, and their stories are told here. Over the past 10 years the Marylebone Journal has printed historical essays on the people, places, and events that have helped shape the character of the area. The essays have been grouped into themes of: history, politicians and warriors, culture and sport , love and marriage, criminals, science and medicine, buildings and places, and the mad bad and dangerous to know ‒ those whose stories don't fit a convenient box but are too good not to tell. 

INTRODUCTION

A brief history of Marylebone

POLITICIANS  & WARRIORS

Edwin James, the dishonourable member

Leo Marks and the code wars

The lonely demise of Benedict Arnold

The very model of a modern major general

Profile: Earl Charles Stanhope (1753-1816)

Profile: Talleyrand (1754-1838)

Profile: William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806)

Profile: Lord George Bentinck (1802-1848)

Profile: Earl Frederick Sleigh Roberts (1832-1914)

Profile: Emily Faithfull (1835–1895)

Profile: Emma Cons (1838-1912)

CULTURE & SPORT

John Ruskin‘s tea shop

The tragi-comedy of Edward Lear

The bitter end of Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins: Marylebone man

The ghost of Sarah Siddons

The Hollywood tale of Edgar Wallace

The urban idyll of Patrick Lichfield

George Stubbs and the equine obsession

James Figg, king of Marylebone Plains

Thomas Lord and the MCC

Profile: Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934)

Profile: John Buchan (1875-1940)

Profile: Douglas Jardine (1900-1958)

Profile: Edward R Murrow (1908-1965)

Profile: Victor Weisz (1913-1966)

Profile: Kenneth Williams (1926-88)

Profile: Jacqueline Du Pré (1945-1987)

LOVE & MARRIAGE

The Barrett-Browning story

St Marylebone: for better, for worse

The mismatches of St Mary’s

The public undoing of Mrs Mary Evans

The Earl of Orkney and the burlesque dancer

The old lady and her Buttons

The scandalous life of Lady Jane Digby

The Wallace Collection’s dirty laundry

The loveless marriage of Edward James

CRIMES & MISDEMEANOURS

The revolution at Cato Street

The Great London Diamond Robbery of 1871

The public destruction of Dr Stephen Ward

Jacob Henriques and the body in the barrel

The lady thief of Portman Square

The memoirs of a Marylebone judge

Viscount Galway and the gambling den

The US ambassador’s deception

The suspicious death of Dr Gordon Ley

SCIENCE  & MEDICINE

A brief history of Harley Street

Dr Allinson’s big mouth

Sydney Ringer’s heartfelt solution

Dr Hunter’s miracle cure

The US dentist and the British smile

The medical men of Wimpole Street

Dr Richardson and the awkward bequest

The eccentric genius of Charles Babbage

Profile: Sir Francis Beaufort (1774-1857)

Profile: Charles Lyell (1797-1875)

Profile: Mary Seacole (1805-1881)

Profile: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)

MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS  TO KNOW

The death of St George Henry Lowther

Lady Mary Jeune, the real Lady Bracknell

William Wellesley’s final humiliation

The strange legacy of Joanna Southcott

The distinguished failure of Francis of Teck

The horse banquet at the Langham Hotel

The green door of Reverend and Mrs Haweis

The Baker Street mad dog

Ye Ancient Order of Froth Blowers

The ladies of Lower Jerome Place

Debenham & Freebody v Alfred Mellon

BUILDINGS  & PLACES

The genius of John Nash

The architects’ architecture

Marylebone’s garden squares

The parks and gardens of Marylebone

The mystery of the Fitzpatrick Mausoleum

The rise and fall of Marylebone station

John Castles and Grotto Passage

The Marylebone street fight

The workhouse of St Marylebone

Profile: Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905)

Index

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15 Jun 2015
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