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 The models themselves are now considered out of date and by and large inaccurate.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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        National Sports Centre Stadium, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 National Sports Centre Stadium, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Elevated walkway through the NSC to the Paxton statue and car parks, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 NSC swimming pool complex, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 NSC swimming pool complex, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Elevated walkway through the NSC to the Paxton statue and car parks, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08

        Main Avenue, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Main Avenue, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Main Avenue, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 NSC swimming pool complex, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 NSC swimming pool complex, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 NSC swimming pool complex, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08

        Gorilla, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08

        Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08

        Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 NSC, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 NSC, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Crystal Palace Train Station, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08 Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace Park - 26 Sept. 08




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