HL Deb 17 April 1883 vol 278 c411

asked Her Majesty's Government, Why spiked iron railings had been erected across St. James's Park from the Marlborough House entrance to opposite Queen Anne's Gate, and why the gates are closed at 7 o'clock, instead of the hour specified on the notice-boards at the entrances to the Park?


in reply, said, that complaints had been frequently received, both from Members of Parliament and the clergy of Westminster, as to the immoralities which went on after dark in the enclosures, which were also represented to be unsafe. The First Commissioner of Works and the Illustrious Duke, the Ranger, consulted together, and agreed to shut up the enclosures after dark; but, to meet the convenience of the public, they determined to leave open all night, properly policed, railed off, and lighted, the road between Marlborough Gate and Queen's Anne's Gate. Unfortunately, the old notice-board, by an oversight, was not removed. Notice of the change had, however, been published in all the London papers, and the measure had given universal satisfaction.