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Guidebook: Wellington Arch, Marble Arch & Six Great War Memorials


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The Wellington Arch and the Marble Arch are two of London’s most striking landmarks and it would be easy to imagine that they have always stood in their current locations as grand, but isolated, monuments. Yet both were devised as part of a scheme to celebrate Britain’s victory over Napoleon, and to glorify the nation and its monarch, George IV. This guidebook explores the fascinating stories of these two grand arches, the personalities involved in their design and construction, how their designs were compromised and how they were moved from their original locations.

Today, nearly 200 years after it was originally built, the Wellington Arch has gained a new context as the focal point for a setting of varied and intriguing war memorials at Hyde Park Corner. English Heritage cares for two of these – the Royal Artillery Memorial and the Machine Gun Corps Memorial – as well as four other major monuments of the Great War elsewhere in London’s West End: the monuments to Field Marshal Earl Haig and the nurse Edith Cavell, the Belgian Gratitude Memorial and, most importantly, Edwin Lutyens’s iconic Cenotaph. This guide presents the individual stories of these six monuments, revealing different approaches to commemorating one of history’s bloodiest conflicts.

Through newly commissioned photographs, historic images and in-depth features, this guide explores how, together, these arches and monuments tell a story of martial commemoration in London. 

Key Features:

  • 48 pages
  • Paperback
  • Published in 2015

Size: Approx. 160 mm (w) x 285 mm (h)
Author: RH Bowdler
Author 2: SP Brindle
ISBN: 97819109070504

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