Crystal Palace


Rather interesting Crystal Palace facts

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Did you know that the palace built for the 1851 Great Exhibition used over 900,000 square feet of glass and was visited by over 6 million people? And that more than 800,000 of them spent a penny visiting (and using) the new-fangled water-closets installed by sanitation pioneer George Jennings? It is not perhaps surprising that the building’s design favoured glass – its architect Joseph Paxton was primarily a gardener and garden designer.

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