Crystal Palace

Mainly at the instigation of Prince Albert, & built by Sir Joseph Paxton to house the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park, the Crystal Palace was an engineering wonder of the age. It was later dismantled and re-erected on a site in Forest Hill, Sydenham as a permanent exhibition centre. In 1936 a small fire spread rapidly along the dry wooden flooring to eventually totally destroy the entire structure. There is a proposal that it should now be rebuilt !
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Crystal Palace and Crystal Palace Park, Penge, 1928

Crystal Palace and Crystal Palace Park, Penge, This image has been produced from a damaged negative.

The Crystal Palace, built for the 1851 World Expo by Joseph Paxton, was inspired by the ribbing structure of the giant Amazon Victoria Water Lilly. Also the largest Victorian glasshouse in existence - the famous Palm House built by architect Decimus Burton and iron-maker Richard Turner between 1844 and 1848.

Botanica Magnifica is the photography portfolio of Jonathan Singer. Some of his work focusses on photographing endangered flowers.

Disused Stations: Crystal Palace Tunnels

Crystal Palace to Lordship Lane Railway Walk

Crystal Palace from Shirley Hills. The Crystal Palace (pictured in 1932, with Shirley Windmill in the foreground) was rebuilt in an enlarged form on Penge Common, next to Sydenham Hill, an affluent south London suburb full of large villas

Crystal Palace from Shirley Hills. The Crystal Palace (pictured in with Shirley Windmill in the foreground) was rebuilt in an enlarged form on Penge Common, next to Sydenham Hill, an affluent south London suburb full of large villas

Crystal Palace basement level, Machinery in Motion

Crystal Palace basement level, Machinery in Motion

Unloved statues from Crystal Palace

London, England: Ruins of sculpture from the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, circa

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