The Crystal Palace was a huge glass and iron structure originally built in 1851 for the
Great Exhibition in London's Hyde Park, and designed by Joseph Paxton. The whole building
was enormous - 1,848 feet long and 408 feet wide including two huge towers and many fountains with over
11,000 jets rising into the air. The palace and the grounds became the world's first theme park offering education,
entertainment, a rollercoaster, cricket and football matches. The site attracted 2 million visitors a year.
Sadly the Palace was destroyed by a huge fire on 30th November 1936.
Seventy years later, there's talk of renewal and restoring the park.
There are a number of different plans being proposed, and hotly debated.
But just imagine if Joseph Paxton was magically transported back from the past, and you could
walk through the park with him. Wouldn't it be interesting to talk to him about his park? What would he think?
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