Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace Park, dinosaurs

What to see
You’ll find accounts of local tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from London’s tourist attractions are well covered in Visit London, Lonely Planet and Time Out.

Links to places near Selhurst Park are:
British Vintage Wireless & Television Museum
Crystal Palace Museum
Crystal Palace Park
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Horniman Museum & Gardens

‘FJ Horniman visited distant lands, not all of them tea-growing, and with the aim of ‘bringing the world to Forest Hill’ he set about ‘collecting’ objects and artefacts’

to 4 May As I Live & Breathe
to 21 Jun Photography Turn it up: On Paradoxes
1 Nov Natural History Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs
23 May (to 23 Aug)
Society Scrolled Life Stories

Towns of Two Halves extracts:
“Tea-drinkers will recognise the name. This is the Horniman whose tea company generated one of those great Victorian fortunes, the disposal of which enabled the next generation, Frederick John Horniman, to add ‘philanthropist’ or ‘public benefactor’ to his epithet.”
“John Logie Baird, television pioneer, lived at 3 Crescent Wood Road – handily placed for the Crystal Palace transmitter.”
“In 1983 I was renting a cold-water flat above a branch of Barclays Bank, across the road from Streatham Common. Hot water had been advertised, but the flats were new conversions and imperfectly plumbed.”
These are taken from the Crystal Palace chapter of Towns of Two Halves, published in 2018. To buy a copy, email