Punch,  56 (1869), 210.

Look Out, Layard!





Sanitation, Disease, Architecture, Periodicals, Politics

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    Discusses the Lancet's recent exposure of the filthy state of the guard room at Buckingham Palace, prompting the 'ventilation of this dog-hole'. Describes how sanitary changes to the room were almost complete when, according to the Lancet, the Metropolitan Board of Works urged the War Office to restore the building to its original condition so as not to spoil the look of Buckingham Palace. Considers this a mistake on the Lancet's part, pointing out that the head of the Metropolitan Board of Works, Austen H Layard, cares for the British soldier more than architecture. Argues that the architecture of Buckingham Palace could not be spoiled by adding a window to the guard room.

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