Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace is an area of South London between Dulwich, Croydon and Brixton. The phrase Crystal Palace was originally coined by Punch magazine to describe The Great Exhibition, an iron and glass building designed by Joseph Paxton which was moved to Crystal Palace Park in 1854 and destroyed by fire on 30th November 1936. Crystal Palace Railway Station was originally called Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, it was renamed as Crystal Palace (Low Level) when the High Level station was opened in 1865 and reverted to plain Crystal Palace when the High Level line closed. Crystal Palace became part the East London Line Extension in 2010.

Crystal Palace Football Club (CPFC) is based in Selhurst. The club was founded in 1905 at the site of the Crystal Palace Exhibition building. To celebrate Crystal Palace’s centenary in 2005, the club asked Palace fans to vote for a Centenary XI: Nigel Martyn, Paul Hinshelwood, Chris Coleman, Jim Cannon, Kenny Sansom, John Salako, Geoff Thomas, Andy Gray, Attilio Lombardo, Andrew Johnson and Ian Wright.