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The Perfect Playground


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Childhood memories of the Crystal Palace

by Patricia Scott, Alison Edwards and Eileen Pulfer.

Much has been written by historians and researchers about the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. Now history come alive, as ordinary people who enjoyed the building and the events that took place there share their memories with you. They were children at the turn of the century and knew the Palace in its heyday. From rides on the Flying Machine, to roll-ups in the shrubbery, the clarity of the child's eye brings back a vision of a fascinating past. The story is built up from taped interviews made by the Palace Memories Group who are committed to preserving first-hand accounts of the Palace for future generations.

The book includes many unusual photographs - many published for the first time.

Remind yourself, or discover what fun it was to be young at the Crystal Palace - truly a perfect playground!

Published in 1990 with the assistance of a £3,000 grant from The New Horizons Trust: To encourage active community participation by retired people..

60 pages paperback illustrations