Such historical evidence and local tradition concerning the origin
of the Old Palace as it was possible to collect has already been recorded in a previous publication of the Survey Committee—the
volume on Bromley-by-Bow. Little therefore remains for this present
monograph but to illustrate more fully the beautiful detail in decorative
work—either of stone or wood carving, panelling, and modelled plaster,
in all of which the Palace so richly abounded.
I would like here to acknowledge the help so freely given in my labours
by the members of the Survey Committee and others. My thanks are
due to Mr. H. Hemingway, owner of the Palace, and occupier of the
southern portion from 1874 until its purchase by the London School
Board in 1893; to Mrs. Papineau, who also resided there from 1859
to 1873, and to Mr. J. House; to these I am indebted for much valuable
information concerning the traditions and later history of the building.
I have also to thank Messrs. H. Clapham Lander, A. W. Waddington,
Ernest A. Mann, A. E. Nutter, and other of my colleagues on the Survey
Committee for their assistance in preparing the various drawings and
photographs which illustrate the book, and of which due mention will
be found in the following pages; and the Committee is indebted to the
Board of Education, South Kensington, for permission to use the various
photographs made from the ceilings, and to Lord Balcarres for a similar
permission in respect of the ceiling at Balcarres House, Fife, N.B.
Secretary of the Survey Committee.
37 Cheyne Walk,
Chelsea, Oct., 1901.