Category Archives: Parks & gardens

The houses of Crystal Palace Park – new pamphlet for charity

scan0013

The lovely Melvyn Harrison and people at the Crystal Palace Foundation have long kept a watchful eye over the heritage and development of Crystal Palace Park. Recently they asked if they could reproduce my London Journal research article on the … Continue reading

Posted in Book reviews, House History, Parks & gardens | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘What to do with the Crystal Palace?’

What better time to appreciate second chances than at the the beginning of a new year. The Crystal Palace [a name of fairy tale splendor, if ever I heard one] sparkled as the stage for Britain’s Great Exhibition of 1851 but … Continue reading

Posted in London history, Parks & gardens, Victorian park estates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Brief history of park villa estates

I left South London a few years ago to work ‘up north’ and now live in Southport (near Liverpool), which has a seriously delicious Victorian housing stock. The other thing Merseyside has in common with my previous haunt is substantial … Continue reading

Posted in Parks & gardens, Victorian park estates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The beginnings of an obsession

Several years back, before children and a lectureship at Lancaster University beckoned, I bought a flat in London on Crystal Palace Park Road. It was a neo-gothic, red brick villa and its garden backed onto Crystal Palace Park (of dinosaur … Continue reading

Posted in London history, Parks & gardens, Victorian park estates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment