the Fire team
||The Fire team, left to right: John Crowley, Ernie Marshall, Nigel
Herring and Paul Weatherley
Paul Weatherley, John Crowley, Nigel Herring and Ernie Marshall
carry out a delayed investigation into the cause of the fire that
destroyed the Crystal Palace in 1936.
CRYSTAL PALACE MUSEUM
The team looks at films of the fire and study a map of the site, indicating the seat of the fire, and compare this
with a model of the Crystal Palace. They then turn to the official
fire brigade report and the statement of Henry Buckland, general
manager of the Crystal Palace from 1913 until the fire, as well
as the London County Council and Crystal Palace trustees records.
They examine eye-witness accounts of the fire, both as transcripts
and as recordings. They glean further evidence of poor state of the building as well as rumours of arson. They
ring Crystal Buckland, daughter of Henry, who was with her father
when he discovered the fire.
||View a Flash animation showing where the Fire team think the fire
started and how it spread (plug-in required).
CRYSTAL PALACE GROUNDS
On the upper terrace, the team watches as a core of soil is augured out of the ground at the spot where the seat of the
fire is believed to have been. They discuss the plausibility of
the various theories of how the conflagration began.
CARDINGTON FIRE RESEARCH FACILITY
The team tests out the two hypotheses they have come up with as
to how the fire may have started. They ring through their conclusions
||New Cross Fire Station