Report … as the result of an inquiry … with reference to the selection of stone for building the new Houses of Parliament ; Westminster New Palace … copy of the report of the Committee on the decay of the stone of the New Palace at Westminster.
(London), ordered to be printed 15th July 1839 ; (London), “ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed” 1 August 1861.
Folio. 2 items in 1. 36 + (2)pp, including (11) large double-page folding tables ; xv + (1) + 126pp. Mid nineteenth century cloth, recased. One of the tables neatly repaired for marginal tears. Ownership inscriptions of H.F.Hills.
Two interesting nineteenth century reports on the stone used to build the new Houses of Parliament buildings designed by Sir Charles Barry after the destruction of the previous buildings by fire in 1834. The first report, recommending the use of “the magnesian limestone, or dolomite, of Bolsover Moor and its neighbourhood”, was the result of a tour of inspection of stone quarries in August – October 1838 by Charles Barry and by three experts in geology and building stones, Barry and his colleagues being particularly impressed by the “perfect condition” of the magnesian limestone used at Southwell Minster and then supposed to come from the Bolsover district. Unfortunately, as the second report explains, the only potential quarries on Bolsover Moor were not able to supply blocks of stone of sufficient size, and stone had instead to be supplied from quarries at Anston and Mansfield Woodhouse which Barry and his colleagues had not originally recommended. The report of 1861 provides much fascinating detail about the state of the stonework of the new buildings, supplied both by experts who had been called in to inspect it and by those who had been employed while the buildings were under construction (Barry himself was by then dead). See M.H.Port, The Houses of Parliament, 1976, pp 97-8, 168-9. BAL Cat 1371 (first item).