Edgware Road Partnership

2 October 2014

Local pupils prepare Tyburn poems on National Poetry Day

To celebrate the restoration of the Tyburn Stone Plaque on 2 October 2014, pupils from local Hampden Gurney CE Primary School treated guests to specially written Tyburn format poems.

The event was hosted by the Tyburn Convent following a private blessing the same day of the restored Tyburn stone, at the junction of Edgware Road and Marble Arch.

Guests heard from speakers Simon Loomes, Vice Chairman of Edgware Road Partnership, Councillor Robert Davis DL, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council and Mother Xavier McMonagle from the Convent.

Ten pupils from Years 3 to 6 read poems with the theme of Remember, accompanied by the school’s Literacy Co-ordinator Miss Gohar Avanesjan. A Tyburn format poem is a six line poem consisting of 2, 2, 2, 2, 9, 9 syllables. The first four lines rhyme and are all descriptive words. The last two lines rhyme and incorporate the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines as the 5th to 8th syllables.

Pupils were presented with certificates and book tokens by Councillor Robert Davis, Simon Loomes and Mother Xavier.

To thank the Convent for their support a framed original map showing the Tyburn junction was presented to the Convent by Councillor Robert Davis.