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Crystal Palace today

Where is Crystal Palace?

London Borough of Bromley's Community Information System

The Crystal Palace regeneration programme

The Crystal Palace Campaign against inappropriate development

Sydenham freeserve

Knowhere Guide to Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace history

A history of Crystal Palace by Steve McCarthy
of The Crystal Palace Foundation

Great Buildings Online: Crystal Palce

Gary Hayes and Kathrin Brunnert's Crystal Palace website

Nancy Marron's Crystal Palace page

The Crystal Palace of Hyde Park
(very long URL)

Summerly's Exhibition and Paxton's Crystal Palace

Bob Speel's 'The Great Exhibition of 1851' page

The Crystal Palace, or The Great Exhibition of 1851: An Overview
part of The Victorian Web

John Logie Baird's Crystal Palace TV studios

Joseph Paxton

Chatsworth House

a brief history of the LMS Station site.

Record keeper Henry Cole, Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert,
and the Duke of Devonshire's gardener, Joseph Paxton

a brief history of making glass


The Victoria and Albert Museum

Beckenham and Bromley branch of The Historical Association

the official Crystal Palace FC site

Museum of London Archaeology Service (augering)

Historical Jottings on Sydenham & Forest Hill
(a site maintained by Steve Grindlay)

further reading

Black's 1861 Guide to the Crystal Palace, compiled by John W Brown, Local History Reprints (316 Green Lane, Streatham, London SW16 3AS), 1996.

Camille Pissarro at the Crystal Palace by Nicholas Reed, London Reference Books, 1987.

The Crystal Palace by Patrick Beaver, Phillimore & Co. Ltd, 1986.

'The Crystal Palace Is on Fire!': Memories of the 30th November 1936 by Alison Edwards and Keith Wyncoll, Crystal Palace Foundation, 1986.

Crystal Palace - Norwood Heights: A pictorial record by Audrey Hammond and Brian Dann, Croydon Society, 1988.

Palace of the People by Graham Reeves, Bromley Library Service, 1986.

To the Crystal Palace by C T Goode, Forge Books, 1984.

To the Palace for the Cup: A history of football at the Crystal Palace from 1861 by Ian Bevan, Michael Gilbert and Stuart Hibberd (forthcoming), enquiries to: Ian Bevan, 130 Aylesford Avenue, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3RY; email: Ian.bevan1@virgin.net

Walford's History of Crystal Palace (1878), compiled by John W Brown, Local History Reprints, 1993.

Walford's History of Sydenham and the Crystal Palace (1878), compiled by John W Brown, Local History Reprints, 1995.


Crystal Palace Foundation
56 Byne Road,
London SE26 5JD
Voluntary organisation established in 1979, now a leading authority on the Crystal Palace. Helps to support the Crystal Palace Museum (see below) and aims to keep alive the memory of the Crystal Palace and its major role in the history and social development of Victorian and Edwardian England. Promotes research and education on the Palace, together with the conservation of some of the historic parts of the site. Bi-annual journal New Crystal Palace Matters plus a quarterly newsletter.

Crystal Palace Museum
Anerley Hill Upper Norwood
London SE19 2BA
Tel: 0181-676 0700
Open Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays; 11.00am-5.00pm
An independent charitable trust staffed entirely by volunteers. Tells the story of the Crystal Palace with displays and exhibits including numerous photographs and artefacts.

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
London EC1R 0HB
Tel: 0171-332 3820
Fax: 0171-833 9136
Minicom: 0171-278 8703
E-mail: lma@ms.corpoflondon.gov.uk
Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30am-4.45pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30am-7.30pm)
A wealth of information about London and Londoners.

Crystal Palace Triangle Community Association
c/o Stella Boyes
14 Glyn Close
Grange Hill
London SE25 6DT
Tel: 0181-653 3974

According to the CPTCA, the Crystal Palace area has lacked stimulus and focus since the fire in 1936. Following World War II, the relevant local authorities -- Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and the late GLC -- bickered among themselves about what was to become of the area. The consequent planning blight meant that nothing much was done for 30 years, with the result that, although the place became increasingly shabby, it still kept a unique Victorian village atmosphere dating from the 1870s and even earlier. Since 1960, however, there has been a steady erosion of this character, with many unsuitable changes being allowed to take place.

The CPTCA was founded in January 1970 by a group of local people concerned about the local community, and about the future of the Triangle and the whole of Crystal Palace. Their basic aims are: to cooperate with other local interested bodies in protecting, preserving and improving the character and amenities of the area, and to provide facilities for enriching the leisure time of all groups.