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The Crystal Palace & The Park (Part 1)

August 21, 2010

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.

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Name: Jon
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Aug 21, 2010 9:36 AM CST
You Just managed to do an article about my home. Cristal Palace is where I hail from! As a kid I would find bits of melted glass
from the fire that destroyed it. I spent many an hour fishing the lake and met my first wife there! Here in Japan I've many Japanese friends that I met in Crystal Palace (Upper Norwood) we call it the Crystal Palace club. Rolling on the floor laughing
One of London's great parks, a great article making me miss my home. Crying
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Aug 21, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Dear Jon, I am glad it brought back some memories and indeed Happy ones. I went fishing there when I was young, and to the then Motor racing track to watch the famous race Drivers!
It is indeed a remarkable and beautiful place, steeped with History and a certain power that I cannot express in words. That is why I left it to the photos to do the talking, not me.
There is a museum there now which is very interesting and worth a look at it is at http://www.crystalpalacemuseum...
I will put Part 2 on as soon as possible. Thank you for your comments.
Here is a picture of the fishing lake with a pair of Great Crested Grebes on it, I took this on Wednesday!
Kindest Regards.
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