Magazine article The Spectator

Battle of the Buildings

Magazine article The Spectator

Battle of the Buildings

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A rare jewel sits in the middle of the Hyde Park Corner roundabout. The Quadrant Gallery, run by English Heritage, occupies the Wellington Arch. The gallery is showing a series of exhibitions to mark the centenary of the 1913 Ancient Monuments Act, a landmark in conservation. The present show (until 15 September) examines efforts to protect Georgian Britain during the early 20th century.

The Luftwaffe (see Holland House library after an air raid, 1940, above) was nothing compared to rapacious British developers.

Photographs show sledgehammers being taken to Adelphi Terrace, from which Robert Adams's striking doorframe was salvaged.

The t it le , Pr id e and Pre jud ice:

Th e Ba t t l e fo r Bet jeman's Br i ta in, is misleading for Betjeman was not the only famous member of the Georgian Group, which led the conservation effort. …

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