If you want to live in a key part of London that has many outdoor facilities then Crystal Palace is the place for you. It is a residential area in the south of London and is mostly a part of the Borough of Bromley. It has no official borders but bounds Anerley, Dulwich Wood, Gispy Hill, Penge, Upper Norwood, South Norwood and Sydenham. It is south-east of Charing Cross and its postcode districts are SE19, SE20 and SE 26.
Originally, the parish boundaries were separated by a ridge and a tree known as The Vicars Oak. These ill-defined confines have led to the area being a part of five different Boroughs; Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. Crystal Palace was originally made up mostly of the Great North Wood, with a local legend emerging that Sir Francis Drake's ship; the Golden Hind, was constructed from those trees. It was a popular recreational site up to the 19th century until it began to be felled.
The Crystal Palace building is where the name of the area derives from. Constructed as a part of the Great Exhibition in 1851, it was immensely popular and was moved, modified, and enlarged in Sydenham Hill in 1854. With its large size and location on top of Sydenham Hill it could be seen from a distance from all over London. It was such a prominent feature that the surrounding area was named after it, replacing the name Sydenham. It housed the Crystal Palace School of Art, Science & Literature and the Crystal Palace School of Engineering and was frequently visited for over 70 years. It was sadly destroyed by fire in 1936, with its grounds now being the Crystal Palace Park.
The park itself is a Victorian pleasure ground that is used to host a variety of events as well as acting as a relaxing place to visit. There are many life-sized dinosaur models constructed by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins scattered throughout. It used to hold the FA Cup final and several big cricket games and was recently used to host events for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Motor racing has and continues to be a major facet of the park.
The area still retains much of its Victorian Architecture and has house types ranging from old terraces to modern flats. Many villas surround the park that are now apartments. Essex Mews is a unique micro community that was developed to high architectural standards. Westow Street, Westow Hill and Church road form what is known as the Crystal Palace Triangle and is home to numerous restaurants, independent shops, and an extensive second-hand market. Championship team Crystal Palace F. have their home ground here. There are many roads going in and out of the town and many transport links make it easy to travel. Development has been occurring over the past few years to attract new buyers to the area with new establishments being opened.
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