Books and Publications

As part of our effort to compile a comprehensive archive on the life and work of Decimus Burton, we are compiling a list of books , articles and papers that have been written on him. We hope that this list will assist students and enthusiasts with their research.

Decimus Burton Esquire –

Architect and Gentleman 1800 – 1881,

by Dr Philip Whitbourn. Decimus Burton is of seminal importance to the history of Tunbridge Wells since, in the 1820s and 1830s, he established an architectural and landscape character that remains a prominent feature of the town to this day. Published by The Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society 2003 ISBN: 0 9545343 0 1.

Palace of Palms –

Tropical Dreams and the Making of Kew,

by Kate Teltscher. An extraordinary story of the creation of the Palm House and the Victorian’s obsession with the palms that filled it. Hardback. Published by Picador, July 2020. ISBN: 9781529004854.

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens –

The Story of a Great London Park,

by Harry Reid. A brief history (through the eyes of ten monarch since 1536 who significantly contributed to the parks) what happens in the Parks today, plus a look into the future. To be Published by Liverpool University Press 2021.

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Palm house Kew jan17 46 by Thomas Erskin
Prince of Wales Lodge by Thomas Erskine
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