Jurassic Park

Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
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Trip End Aug 21, 2011


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Saturday, November 6, 2010

I took a short venture out to Crystal Palace Park today. Amidst the "improvement works" on the Tube, it was amazing I actually made it down to London Borough of Bromley in south London on the London Overground.

The area is named after the former structure of glory, the Crystal Palace, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851, a precursor to the World Expo.  At the time, the Crystal Palace resided in Hyde Park, but after the Great Exhibition, it was dismantled and reassembled in a new home in Sydenham Hill.  After the installation of the Crystal Palace though, the area became better known simply as Crystal Palace.  Unfortunately, the Crystal Palace wasn't impervious to fire as it burned down (a recurring them in London) in 1936; however, the area is still called Crystal Palace.  All that remains of the palace is the radio tower and the foundations.

The most prominent feature of the park are the very first life-size models of dinosaurs every created.  At the time, they were newly discovered dinosaurs, and Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins was put in charge of creating 33 concrete models for the Great Exhibition of 1851.  They moved to their new home in Crystal Palace Park at the closing of the Exhibition where many of them remain today.  However, many of them are very inaccurate and outdated compared to current understandings of dinosaur biology, but they are attractive in the park, nonetheless.
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