Joseph Paxton designed the Crystal Palace in seven days. When it was first built in Hyde Park for the 1851 Great Exhibition it was over 600 yards long and 150 yards wide. At that time glass was unheard-of as a building material. The 2,000 workers who erected it at high speed bolted and welded together 3,300 iron columns, 205 miles of sash-bars and 293,655 panes of glass. With its lofty central transept and colossal glass elevations, it was built to impress.It had been created for the world to wonder at, as a temple containing the triumphs of Victorian art and industry. The original conception had been Prince Albert's, who was President of the Royal Society of Arts; he believed a showcase of the varied technological and artistic achievements of the many countries of the civilised world would stimulate international trade.Inside were galleries offering eight miles of display space that was occupied by 14,000 exhibitors from Britain, the United States and most European nations. E F Benson … [Read more...] about A Stately Pleasure Dome Decreed – The Crystal Palace, Joseph Paxton’s Seven Day Wonder
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Located in Crystal Palace Park which lies within the Borough of Bromley in South London, Dinosaur Court, generally known as the "Crystal Palace Dinosaurs", is home to the oldest life-sized models of extinct animals in the world. The models were commissioned in 1852, designed and sculpted by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, and first unveiled to the public in 1854. Hawkins constructed based on the best available scientific evidence at the time, including advice from the eminent scientist Sir Richard Owen, however subsequent discoveries have revealed quite a large number of errors and inaccuracies in the models - in fact, as early as 1895, Othniel C. Marsh was making strong criticisms of the models.During the 20th century, the site began to fall into disrepair and were overgrown by foliage. Some effort was put into restoring the models in the 1950s, but it was not until2002 that a full restoration was made. In the 1950s restoration, several of the models were moved around, and the "new" … [Read more...] about Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
The Championship is a tricky league to get out of at the best of times but looking at the table in late January no-one can be any the wiser about who is going to get to the promised land and a possible 45 million pounds. Charlton, Sheffield Utd, Watford were among the favourites to be promoted at the start of the season (not surprisingly considering their financial advantage of being in the Premier league the season before.)Surprise packages come in the form of Bristol City, Plymouth and Ipswich (mighty at home, yet to win away.) Teams who have built over the last few seasons like Burnley, Stoke and Cardiff are progressing nicely. Last but not least the sides that appear to have stagnated in the Championship and have failed to bounce back are starting to show signs of doing just that. Wolves led by promotion expert Mick McCarthy. An Ecclestone backed QPR and a brilliantly fluid West Brom side who are the Arsenal of the Championship. All of these teams are in the mix for promotion which … [Read more...] about Can Crystal Palace Make it to the Promised Land?
Crystal PalaceOdds: 12/1Last Five Seasons2005/06 - 6 (Championship), 2004/05 - 18 (Premiership, Relegated), 2003/04 - 6 (Championship, Promoted), 2002/03 - 14 (Championship), 2001/02 - 10 (Championship).2005/06 Cup ProgressFA Cup Fourth Round (replay) vs Preston North End (h) - lost 2-1.Carling Cup Fourth Round vs Middlesbrough (a) - lost 2-1.Top Goal Scorer 2005/06: Andy Johnson (striker) - 17 goals.Players InLeon Cort (Hull City - £1,250,000), James Scowcroft (£500,000), Scott Flinders (Barnsley - Undisclosed), Mark Kennedy (Wolves - Free)Players OutAndy Johnson (Everton - £8,600,000), Mikele Leigertwood (Sheffield United - £600,000), Fitz Hall (Wigan Athletic - Undisclosed), Sam Togwell (Barnsley - Undisclosed), Wayne Andrews (Coventry City - Free), Tony Popovic (Al Arabi - Free), Aki Riihilahti (Released), Glenn Wilson (Released).Peter Taylor is the new man in charge at play off losers Crystal Palace this season following Iain Dowie's defection to Charlton … [Read more...] about Championship Season Preview 2006/07 – Crystal Palace
There is absolutely no denying the beauty of crystal chandeliers. These interior conversation pieces have been delighting the senses since the 17th century. While there are many different types of crystal available today, one crystal stands head and shoulders above the rest. Strass crystal, manufactured by Swarovski, is recognized the world over as the finest crystal known to man. This crystal is first machine cut, and then hand polished and coated with an invisible optical layer, creating a stunning effect. It is these Swarovski crystals that are used every year in the design of the unique Swarovski Crystal Palace Collections. These stunning crystal chandelier designs have been introduced since 2002, with the most recent unveiling occurring in April 2006. Let's take a look at some of the stunning crystal chandelier designs that have been realized through the years.Fashion designers Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke designed a chandelier in 2006 called "Science & Fiction". … [Read more...] about Stunning Crystal Chandelier Cesigns