“Hunters for gold or pursuers of fame, they all had gone out on that stream, bearing the sword, and often the torch, messengers of the might within the land, bearers of a spark from the sacred fire. What greatness had not floated on the ebb of that river into the mystery of an unknown earth!…The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empires.”
Theses lines are taken from Joseph Conrad’s famous novella Heart of Darkness.
In London criminals used to be executed close to the modern Marble Arch.
From the Middle Ages to 1783 a location near the modern Marble Arch served as the principal place of public execution in England’s capital. In past times this place was called Tyburn. Today, on a traffic island we can see a plate that marks the spot where the infamous Tyburn Hanging Tree stood.
Cannon, John. Ed. Dictionary of British History. rev. ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Note: All photos were taken by me (Nils Zumbansen) in 2012.