Them houses on Crystal Palace Park Road

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lambchops
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Them houses on Crystal Palace Park Road

Post by lambchops » 22 Mar 2008 13:50

They look very strange...almost like mini churches.

My gf and I were discussing them last night when we walked past them...what were they for?

MartinH
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Post by MartinH » 22 Mar 2008 14:40

which ones?, plenty to choose from.

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Post by lambchops » 22 Mar 2008 15:54

oh yeah...heheh...they are up the top of the hill at the westwood hill end on the park side.

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Post by Falkor » 22 Mar 2008 20:39

They were designed by a famous architect, Mr. Barry, I seem to recall--not for anything in particular--just expensive villas closest to the Crystal Palace!

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Post by lambchops » 25 Mar 2008 15:50

ah, cheers falkor.

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Post by Big Ben » 25 Mar 2008 19:30

Falkor - they were designed by the distinguished architect John Norton who also 're-modelled' Tyntesfield near Bristol (an amazing Gothic Revival mansion acquired a few years ago by the National Trust). What they were for is an interesting question - they were built on the edge of Crystal Palace Park in order to finance the park (sounds familiar?) and Norton lived in Sydenham whilst they were under construction. They are now part of one of Bromley's conservation areas, although in the 60s there were moves to demolish them!

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