Sublime Structures at Crystal Palace Park

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Read fascinating architecture research articles about Crystal Palace Park's Sublime Structures. The articles have been painstakingly researched and written by our wonderful team of volunteers.

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Portrait of Joseph Paxton circa 1850

Joseph Paxton: Designer of the Crystal Palace and creator of Crystal Palace ParkSublime Structures - Joseph Paxton PDFKathryn Jones
Crystal Palace TV Transmitter
Crystal Palace is the most important transmitter in the UK. Opened by the BBC in 1956, it replaced the Alexandra Palace mast in north London. The transmitter has become a much-loved local and London landmark, jokingly known as the “Eiffel Tower of South London”.

Sublime Structures_ Crystal Palace TV Transmitter PDFKathryn Jones
Crystal Palace Geological Illustrations
The Crystal Palace Park gardens included a prehistoric ‘swamp’ complete with models of Extinct Animals - the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. The swamp consisted of a 'tidal' lake, three geological islands and artificial cliffs. Paxton's iron bridge provides a platform to view the geological landscape.

Crystal Palace Geological Illustrations PDFJan Goode
The Croydon Canal
The Lord Mayor of London opened the Croydon Canal in 1809 as part of the Grand Surrey Canal. It was to join the Thames at New Cross from West Croydon via Forest Hill, Penge and Anerley through the Great North Wood.

The Croydon Canal PDFPatricia McLean
The Crystal Palace's glass
Chance Brothers was one of only two glass manufacturers in England with the capacity to produce the quantity and quality of glass that Joseph Paxton required for the Crystal Palace.

Glazing the Crystal Palace PDFTom Chance
The Crystal Palace Maze
The Great Maze was one of several features designed to entertain the public, particularly children, along with the Underground Grotto, the boating lake and playgrounds - rather like a modern day adventure park.

The Crystal Palace Maze PDFJan Goode
The Great Exhibition Building and its Design
Before finding its permanent ‘home’ in Sydenham, and vanishing forever in the flames of the 1936 fire, the history of the Crystal Palace building began with the Great Exhibition of 1851.

The Great Exhibition Building PDFLaura Lavorato
Music at Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace was the epicentre of public music performance in Britain with an amazing range of concerts and festivals. Later the park became a venue for pop and rock bands.

Music at Crystal Palace PDFNicky Road
Brunel and the Crystal Palace Water Towers
The great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel was an enthusiastic supporter of the 1851 Great Exhibition and became even more involved when the Crystal Palace moved to Sydenham.

Brunel and the Crystal Palace Water Towers PDFLaura Lavorato
Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway
The futuristic Victorian railway invention that briefly allowed the public to travel through a tunnel with no visible means of propulsion.

Crystal Palace Pneumatic Railway PDFNick McLean
The Crystal Palace Company
‘What is to become of the Crystal Palace?' asked Sir Joseph Paxton, without permanent planning permission, the Crystal Palace had to be either destroyed or relocated after the Great Exhibition in 1852. This is the story of its relocation from Hyde Park to Sydenham.

The Crystal Palace Company PDFJan Goode