The Landscape Guide

Crystal Palace, SE19

Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace was moved to Sydenham in 1852 and set in a large Italianate park designed by Paxton. Most of the park has gone but one fine terrace survives, as do Paxton's extraordinary prehistoric monsters round the lake in the southern corner of the park. The central area of the site has been laid out as the National Sports Centre in a most unimaginative way. A bid has been made for National Lottery funding - to rejuvinate the park. Access from Crystal Palace Parade.

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