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The Listed ‘Lizards’ of Crystal Palace

Q. When is a listed building not a building? A. When it’s a dinosaur

South east London isn’t a favoured destination on the fossil hunter’s trail – visitors aren’t known to walk the streets of in search of ammonites and the petrified remnants of a much earlier era. 691 more words

Building Conservation

Royal Mania

‘As the race of pine-apples, so is the race of Man’ – William Makepeace Thackeray (1850)

Georgians, Victorians, and Edwardians alike shared a fascination for the ‘king of fruits’, the pineapple – a symbol of prestige and horticultural artistry that was an absolute requisite at any nobility dinner table. 

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Mazes, dinosaurs and roasts in Crystal Palace

  • Destination: Crystal Palace
  • Inspiring your London adventure: Spend a Sunday afternoon releasing your inner child at Crystal Palace park. After you’re done getting lost in the maze and taking selfies with dinosaurs, head to one (or more!) of the numerous pubs in the area for a Sunday roast and leave a fully paid up member of the SE London fan club…
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Small Steps

I lasted posted about my recovery towards running after a serious accident in January a couple of weeks ago. At that stage I was off painkillers, my movement had improved and had started some urban wandering. 209 more words


20th February 1913. Outrage at Kew.

In 1629 John Parkinson’s, Paradisus Terrestris, was published, a compendium of ‘all sorts of pleasant flowers which our English air will permit to be nursed up’. 543 more words


The Crystal Palace we could have had

With a plan to rebuild Crystal Palace in the news, here’s the winning design  from a 1946 competition to find a replacement for the original, which burned down in 1936. 147 more words

Lismore Castle Gardens – Past and Potential: A Talk by Darren Topps, Head Gardener

Lismore Castle Gardens – Past and Potential: A Talk by Darren Topps at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin Thursday 13th November

Lismore Castle and gardens are steeped in history with an initial design by Sir Joseph Paxton dating to the 1840s with some elements of the gardens almost certainly older. 376 more words