Crystal Palace Park






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        Crystal Palace Park is a historic park located in south east London (within the London Borough of Bromley). The Park consists of 200 acres and includes the National Sports Centre (NSC), live music in the concert bowl, the remains of the the Crystal Palace, which occupied the area from 1854 until it was burnt down in 1936, a maze, farm, BBC transmitter, caravan park, museum, park cafe (so-so) and dinosaur park.

        The Crystal Palace was a huge glass and iron structure originally built in 1851 for the Great Exhibition held in London's Hyde Park (pic. below). The Palace was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton and a huge bust of him is situated in the park (Grade II listed and again pic. below). After the Great Exhibition finished in October 1851 it was moved to Penge Place Estate, Sydenham (now called Crystal Palace Park).

        The building was 1,848 feet long and 408 feet wide and included two huge towers and many fountains. In its heyday the park attracted 2 million visitors a year.

        Part of the gardens included a prehistoric swamp complete with models of dinosaurs. They were the first prehistoric animals ever built and came only around 30 years after dinosaurs were discovered. Commissioned in 1852 and unveiled in 1854, they were the first dinosaur sculptures in the world. Designed and sculpted by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, they were Grade II listed buildings from 1973 and upgraded to Grade I listed in 2007. The models themselves are now considered out of date and by and large inaccurate.

        The dinosaur park has recently re-opened after a 4m refurbishment project.

        Some of the original remains that can still be seen today are classed as Grade II listed. They include terraces and sphinxes.

        Other fascinating features include sets of stairs, remains of the aquarium and the base of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's south water tower.

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        The 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. Crystal Palace from the northeast from Dickinson's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851-1854 The Crystal Palace at Sydenham The Crystal Palace at Sydenham The Crystal Palace at Sydenham Ruined terraces of the Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 Ruined terraces of the Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08

        Statue. A solitary sultan in darkness overlooking the ruined terraces of the Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 Statue. A solitary sultan in darkness overlooking the ruined terraces of the Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 Floodlights of the National Sports Centre Stadium, taken from the ruined terraces of the Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 The Paxton statue, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 The Paxton statue, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 The Paxton statue, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08

        Remains of the Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 BBC Transmitter, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 BBC Transmitter, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 BBC Transmitter, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 Headless statue, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 The Bowl concert arena, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08

        Dinosaur park, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 Dinosaur park, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 Dinosaur park, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 Dinosaur park, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 Dinosaur park, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 Dinosaur park, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08

        Dinosaur park, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 Dinosaur park, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 Ruined terraces of the Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Statue. A solitary sultan overlooking the ruined terraces of the Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 BBC Transmitter, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Ruined terraces of the Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08

        Headless statue, Ruined terraces of the Crystal Palace - Sept. 08 The Bowl concert arena, Crystal Palace Park - Sept. 08 The Maze, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 - Sept. 08 The Maze, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 - Sept. 08 Centre of Maze, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 - Sept. 08 Fishing lake, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08

        S.S Crystal Palace, Memorial to merchant sailors lost in World War Two. Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 S.S Crystal Palace, Memorial to merchant sailors lost in World War Two. Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Part of the cricket pitch that was once part of the Kent County Cricket Circuit , Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Manipulated image. Headless statue, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Part of the cricket pitch that was once part of the Kent County Cricket Circuit, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 The rampant red tulips at the S.S Crystal Palace, memorial to merchant sailors lost in World War Two., Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08

        The rampant red tulips at the S.S Crystal Palace, memorial to merchant sailors lost in World War Two., Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 National Sports Centre Stadium stand, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Jubilee Stand, National Sports Centre Stadium, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 National Sports Centre Stadium, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Jubilee Stand, National Sports Centre Stadium, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 National Sports Centre Stadium, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08




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