The New Palace in St. James's Park
Architecture, Horticulture, Health, Gas Chemistry, Epidemiology, Public Health, Meteorology
Francis Bacon (1st Viscount St Alban)
Gardener's Magazine Macculloch 1827
Describes the plans for a new palace, observing that 'the general public feeling is that of disappointment and regret' (257). Considers the objections to the site, quoting at length John C Loudon's observations concerning the injurious effects on health of the basin-like location and of the suggested modifications to the grounds. Loudon observes: 'We defy any medical man, or meteorologist, to prove the contrary of what we assert, viz. that Buckingham Palace is a dam to a pond of watery vapour, and that the pond will always be filled with vapour to the level of the top of the dam' (258). Loudon considers this may be productive of malaria, and the writer critically examines the recently expressed views of John Macculloch on this subject.
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