Photos from Crystal Palace Park 2007

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Here are some of the photos I took when I visited Crystal Palace Park in London in June of 2007. There isn't too much of the Palace left. However, what is left gives one an inkling of the size and grandeur of the Palace.

A staircase leading up to the Palace -

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A Sphinx-like statue -

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Looking down a Palace staircase -

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Radio/TV antenna at what would have been the north end of the Palace -

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Statue of a "Middle-Eastern" man -

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Headless statue of woman -

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I am not sure what this is; the base of a fountain perhaps?

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Staircase with twin sphinxes -

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Sphinx close-up -

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Looking east over the park from the grounds of the Palace. The light towers in the distance are part of the sports complex in the Park -

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Another view from the grounds of the Palace - notice that fairly sizable trees now stand where the Palace was -

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A young girl kicks a ball in front of an archaeological dig -

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Another staircase to the grounds of the Palace

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The prehistoric animal park created when the Palace moved to Sydenham Hill (now Crystal Palace) Park in 1854 is in much better shape than the Palace itself; it was refurbished in the 1990s. The first picture is of a sign telling the story of the creators of the prehistoric animal park: Richard Owen and Benjamin Waterhouse-Hawkins

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Here are the dinosaurs and other large reptiles in the park as conceived in 1854 and at the present time -

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Megalosaurus as a quadruped (currently thought to have been bipedal) -

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Iguanodon

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The aquatic reptiles in the park -

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Plesiosaurus and Ichthyosaurus -

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Labyrinthodon -

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(Note: The photos of the early mammals in the park have been relocated to a later post in this thread due to a new limitation of 20 pictures per post.)

Crystal Palace Park is a bit out of the way but worth a visit for World's Fair fans if you are visiting London. Catch the Victoria underground line to its southern terminus at the Brixton station and then take the #3 bus to its southern terminus at the Park. Alternatively you can catch a train from Central London. If you are lucky the amateur-run museum will be open and you can chat with some of the enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable Palace fans.

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Very educational. I'd like to see it some day, but thanks much for the pictures until then.

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Thanks John!

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Fantastic pix, John! I had no idea there was even THAT much left of the Crystal Palace. How great to still see the majestic staircase and statuary that once flanked such a breakthrough building! And the condition of the dinosaurs is really impressive. Yet the whole place has that intangibly "haunted" feeling in your photographs as well-- really rings those FMCP bells for me.

Really appreciate you sharing them.

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Thanks for the praise guys. It took me awhile to decide to edit and post them. We should all thank Marc for adding the "The Great Exhibition" section, along with the others, to PTU. This action was the incentive I needed to get moving. BTW, I have added a couple more animal pics above.

...really rings those FMCP bells for me.

Trey, your comparison with FMCP is apt. The Park is basically a pleasant place to spend a Sunday afternoon for many people although there is a small but dedicated cadre of folks who keep the memory of the Crystal Palace alive. Also similar to FMCP is that the section around the actual site of the Crystal Palace looks neglected. In addition, a modern sports complex has been built in the Park and is probably what most residents think of when the words "Crystal Palace" are spoken or read. Fortunately, the prehistoric animal park, which was unaffected by the 1936 fire, has been kept up and remains popular, particularly with families with small children. It's great that the local authorities committed the resources to refurbish and maintain this Palace legacy.

Cheers!

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Is the archeological dig looking for dinosaur bones, or for Great Exposition landfill?

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Here's a cross-expo connection for you- the Crystal Palace featured many copies of famous works of art, particularly architectural features and sculpture.

Here is its copy of Michelangelo's Pieta.

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Nice find, Randy. Thanks.

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Would be great to see some then and now pix of all those Crystal Palace sculptures.

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Just got an e-mail from a friend from the UK Expo Study Group. He says the monsters (I presume he means the dinosaurs) in Crystal Palace park were recently refurbished at a cost in the millions of pounds. He lives just a ten minute drive from Crystal Palace. He said on Sundays there are guided tours of the grounds.

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Definitely on my list of things to do during my next London jaunt.

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Early mammals in the park -

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Megaloceros (Irish Elk) -

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Megatherium (Giant Sloth) -

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These are totally amazing! I had no idea there was anything left or where the exibition took place, I think I heard it

burned down and did no further research on it.

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Do you have then and now photos, I would love to see t hem. I never knew there was this much left, exactly where is it?

I thought the building burned down.

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Do you have then and now photos, I would love to see t hem. I never knew there was this much left, exactly where is it?

I thought the building burned down.

Hi Jett,

I don't have any "then and now" photos, unfortunately. The Palace did burn in 1936 and what I have posted gives you a pretty good idea of what is left. Crystal Palace Park is located in the Sydenham area of south London. Here is a link to a BBC article about the Palace and what remains: http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articl...y_feature.shtml

John

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Hi Jett,

I don't have any "then and now" photos, unfortunately. The Palace did burn in 1936 and what I have posted gives you a pretty good idea of what is left. Crystal Palace Park is located in the Sydenham area of south London. Here is a link to a BBC article about the Palace and what remains: http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articl...y_feature.shtml

John

There must be some photos somewhere, I don't know who did them but I still get spooked by the then and now photos

of NYWF, people walking in the snow not knowinig the fair is long gone.

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They moved the palace! How far did they move it? That seems impossible.

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They moved the geodesic dome to the Queens Zoo in 1966; they moved the Lifesaver's Jump Tower in 1940, then moved it again in 1941 or 42.....heck, they even moved that huge Russian statue in 1937. The Russians moved their entire Pavilion in 1967. And the Atomedic Hospital in 1966, although there are doubts that it was ever actually reassembled. Those are World's Fairs. London Bridge was moved half way around the world in the 1960's.

Nothing is impossible, given time and resources.

Don't forget, the Statue of Liberty was moved too. (and there was a tie-in with the 1876 World's Fair in Philadelphia).

All of which brings us to an interesting question. What is the biggest thing in terms of cubic volume to have ever been moved and reassembled in basically the same form? Crystal Palace would be right up there, if not the outright winner.

The solid rocket boosters being reunited with the Space Shuttle in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center is an interesting nomination, but I'm not sure it counts since all three of those reusable units have to be bolted to a big honkin' fuel tank which is NOT reuseable- it burns up every time there's a launch. And I'm fairly sure the cubic volume of the entire Shuttle launch vehicle (all the bolted together pieces) would not be anywhere near the volume of Crystal Palace.

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All of which brings us to an interesting question. What is the biggest thing in terms of cubic volume to have ever been moved and reassembled in basically the same form? Crystal Palace would be right up there, if not the outright winner.

I'm thinking the Crystal Palace must be the winner for most voluminous re-assembly.

Another item for the competition (but not as voluminous, I think) would be the original Ferris wheel, which was dismantled in Chicago and rebuilt in St. Louis.

The London Bridge, by the way, was a face-stone-only job - the internals were replaced by local material -so I'm not sure how you would count it.

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The USSR Pavilion from Expo 67 should be on the list.

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Anyone know how big the crystal palace was? Off topic, what happened to the original Ferris Wheel? One would think

it would go to Coney Island, but they built an entirely different Ferris Wheel which I rode in, but it's probably

gone now.

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Anyone know how big the crystal palace was? Off topic, what happened to the original Ferris Wheel? One would think

it would go to Coney Island, but they built an entirely different Ferris Wheel which I rode in, but it's probably

gone now.

After the St Louis Fair, it was dismantled and scrapped. There is still speculation about what happened to the axle (for example, but not very seriously, is it buried in the park?). It was the biggest single piece of steel that ever had been forged, at the time of the Chicago 1893 Fair.

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