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The Crystal Palace & the Park (Part 2)

By NEILMUIR1
August 24, 2010

I do hope you enjoyed your first tour of this stunning place. Now let me show you what happened on the night of October 30, 1936 as disaster struck. Coincidentally, New York's own Crystal Palace met a similar fate in 1857. There is also a lot more to the Park than you may think. Get your picnic hamper ready and let us see what else we can find in this amazing place.

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Name: Connie
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Petalpants
Aug 28, 2010 10:45 AM CST
What a wonderful second part to The Crystal Palace article! Nice walk around the area, with historical facts as well. I'd like to go walk thru that Maze; always wanted to go wander in one of those Labyrinth mazes, but I don't know of any around here...
I love all those magnificent trees, and the landscape is so pretty... Why do they leave statues up that have no heads??! Really think that memorial Bell is special! Great Job~ Hurray!
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 28, 2010 11:51 AM CST
Dear Connie, I am so glad you liked the second part! I was worried as it does not have as much colour as the first one. The Maze at Hampton Court Palace is a lot bigger, but Hampton Court is not in London.
Some of the statues were damaged by the fire, like the one in the picture below! They have left them there as a memorial.
I agree the Bell is rather pleasant.
Hugs.
Neil.
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Name: Connie
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Petalpants
Aug 28, 2010 1:36 PM CST
Oh, I see what you mean, about the statues being a Memorial... it's really sad, when you think about it, the fire that destroyed that beautiful building... wouldn't it be Grand if it was still here for people to go to?? Our city had several really nice buildings that burnt down, a Long time ago; I saw photos of a huge beautiful Hotel that was destroyed...and several others, from fire. I think another was maybe a Courthouse; I have a book on the city's history, which is fascinating to read, esp. with all the photos. Of course, others were demolished from hurricanes, like the really bad one in 1919, when there was no forecasting of big storms, and then Celia, a few years before we moved here (in 1976). But there is always something built in their place, esp. if it is prime locations! I'm glad England left that area open to the public, with a park & memorials there. Rolling my eyes.
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 28, 2010 3:06 PM CST
Dear Connie, not if the property developers get their way!
Regards.
Neil.
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Aguane
Sep 1, 2010 9:50 PM CST
"wonderful" was exactly the word I was thinking when I finished reading and view this just beautiful piece. Loved it! Thank you, Neil !!!
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 1, 2010 10:32 PM CST
Dear Susie, thank you for your kind comments! I hope you enjoy my new Article on London's secret, The Rookery which came out today!
Regards.
Neil.

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