The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
The New Mews.
On a piece of ground appropriated by parliament as an open space to admit an uninterrupted view of the venerable abbey, the present pile of stabling has been most tastelessly erected. The architect was Decimus Burton, esq.; it is a quadrangular building of brick, with stone dressings; it consists of fronts, nearly uniform; in the centre of each is a projection, ornamented with antae, and contains in a recess columns of the Doric order; it is surmounted by the entablature of the order, which is applied as a crowning member to the entire building; the walls are relieved by antae, and at each end is a pavilion, composed of Doric columns and the same number of ante, and covered with pediments. The entrances are in the central portions, and are arched and rusticated. The building is well designed for the purposes to which it is applied, and in any other situation would be an ornament, at present by the contrast afforded by the magnificent abbey church
|it only affords another proof of the want of judgment and taste evinced by the directors of public buildings in this neighbourhood.