An event to meet local and visiting geocachers.
Sunday July 3rd 1500-1530.
PLEASE SEE OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LOGS BELOW.
ON THE ADVICE OF AGRAJAG2007,
WE HAVE MOVED THE EVENT TO A DIFFERENT LOCATION.
WE WILL NOW BE IN THE JUBILEE GARDENS
BEHIND THE BUS STATION
AT N51°25.212', W000°04.640.
LOOK FOR OUR EVENT NOTICE.
We shall be staying near Crystal Palace as part of our UK Tour
and have planned this event to meet local and visiting cachers.
At the time submitting this event there were 655 caches within five miles.
We hosted our first holiday event on Lanzarote in 2017. Since then we have hosted three events in East Anglia in 2018; one event in Devon in 2019; events in South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky and two in North Carolina in 2019; and one at Crystal Palace, also in 2019.
By the day of this event we will already have hosted events at Trellech in Monmouthshire and Sandhurst in Berkshire and have others planned at or near Colchester in Essex, Downham Market in Norfolk, Skegness in Lincolnshire and Marchington in Staffordshire.
The Crystal Palace was a cast-iron and plate-glass structure originally built in Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. The exhibition took place from 1 May until 15 October 1851, and more than 14,000 exhibitors from around the world gathered in its 990,000 square feet exhibition space to display examples of technology developed in the Industrial Revolution. Designed by Joseph Paxton, the Great Exhibition building was 1,851 feet long, with an interior height of 128 feet. It was three times the size of St Paul's Cathedral.
The introduction of the sheet glass method into Britain by Chance Brothers in 1832 made possible the production of large sheets of cheap but strong glass, and its use in the Crystal Palace created a structure with the greatest area of glass ever seen in a building. It astonished visitors with its clear walls and ceilings that did not require interior lights.
It has been suggested that the name of the building resulted from a piece penned by the playwright Douglas Jerrold, who in July 1850 wrote in the satirical magazine Punch about the forthcoming Great Exhibition, referring to a "palace of very crystal".
After the exhibition, the Palace was relocated to an area of South London known as Penge Common. It was rebuilt at the top of Penge Peak next to Sydenham Hill, an affluent suburb of large villas. It stood there from June 1854 until its destruction by fire in November 1936. The nearby residential area was renamed Crystal Palace after the landmark. This included the Crystal Palace Park that surrounds the site, home of the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, which had previously been a football stadium that hosted the FA Cup Final between 1895 and 1914. Crystal Palace Football Club was founded at the site in 1905 and played at the Cup Final venue in their early years. The park still contains Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins's Crystal Palace Dinosaurs which date back to 1854.
Information courtesy of Wikipedia