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The Crystal Palace was a massive iron and glass structure built for the Great Exhibition in 1851, originally it was in Hyde Park, a Royal Park, in London. Prince Albert came up with the idea of showing the world Britain's industrial revolution. It was designed by the famous Sir Joseph Paxton; in 1851 when the Exhibition closed, he came up with the idea of moving this colossal building to Penge Place Estate in southeast London. Punch magazine in a satirical moment called it the "Crystal Palace" and the name stuck, so this part of Sydneham became known as Crystal Palace. This exhibits were in fact from all over the world; the USA, Egypt, France & Germany to name but a few. The displays were set into categories; raw materials, machinery, manufacturers and fine arts. It was too big to be financially viable and on a fateful night in 1936 disaster struck.
Aug 21, 2010 9:19 AM CST
|I was literally a stone's throw from there when I lived in London, in the top picture you can see St. Stephen's Church and that was just down the hill from my house! So - when my son was little we spent a lot of time at Crystal Palace and visited the Dinosaurs often. Thank you for yet another lovely trip down memory lane, Neil.
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Aug 21, 2010 12:28 PM CST
|Dear Hetty, it is a pleasure! I am so glad you enjoyed it, although it is a bit of a walk.
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