A Topographical and Statistical description of the County of Middlesex ,etc (1810) by George Alexander Cooke
Quitting Tothill Fields, we proceed through James's Street to Buckingham Gate, one of the entrances
into St. James's Park, and in the vicinity of which formerly stood Tart Hall, built by Nicholas Stone, in 1638, for Alathea, wife of Thomas, Earl of Arunvlel; after whose death it became the property of her second son, the amiable and gentle, but unfortunate William Lord Stafford, who fell an innocent victim to the detestable violence of party, and the perjured etidence of Gates, Dugdale, and Tuberville, whose names should be for ever branded with infamy. Here were kept the poor remains of the Arundeliau Collection, which was buried during the madness of the Popish plot; these remains were sold in 1720, soon at'ler which the house was pulled down.
Entering St. James's Park by Buckingham Gate, we observe a handsome brick building, formerly,
and not unfrequently at present, called Buckingham House, though more usually the Queen's Palace; this was originally founded by the Earl of Arlington, one of that infamous set whose initials
formed the celebrated Cabal; it was afterward: purchased by John Sheffield, duke of Buckingham,
who, having obtained from the crown an additional grant of land, rebuilt this house magificently in the year 1703.
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