HC Deb 05 August 1874 vol 221 cc1333-4

asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether he has yet made arrangements for the re-erection of the Colonnade of Burlington House, and on what site?


Sir, the colonnade to which my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge University refers consists of 36 columns; but the base and entablature being curved, there would be great difficulty in adapting it to any other style of facade than that for which it was originally designed. The cost of removing it from Burlington House to Battersea Park, where it now lies, was £850, and it could not be re-erected, even on its present site, for less than £2,000 or £3,000, at a low computation. And now, I wish to make an observation to my hon. Friend, and to say that I venture to think that on this occasion he and I ought to change places. Seeing that it was mainly by the powerful advocacy of my hon. Friend that the colonnade was preserved, I really think that it was he who ought to have fixed upon a suitable sight, and have then found the means for placing it there.


After that Answer, I give Notice that I shall repeat the Question some time next Session.