Crystal Palace


From Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable [1]:

"One of the glories of the Victorian era. It was designed entirely of glass and iron by Joseph Paxton, a former head gardener at Chatsworth, to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, or to give it its full name, the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. It was originally erected in Hyde Park but moved to Sydenham in 1854 with some alterations, including the addition of two towers, and used as an exhibition, entertainment, and recreational centre. It became national property in 1911 and was destroyed by fire in 1936."

Wikipedia entry


  1. Brewer, Dr. Ebenezer Cobham, Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, Centenary Edition revised by Ivor H. Evans, Harper & Row, 1817; On-Line Version

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