The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

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From what I gather it's not yet certain the damage was deliberate. The bits that broke off the Megalosaurus statue separated along pre-existing cracks.

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Reinforced concrete with rusty steel inside. A break was going to happen anyway.
They just have to fix it up properly.
 

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I remember them cropping up on tv - I'm certain that Blue Peter went about twice a year :)
 

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Yes, that is what put paid to my great grans house.

Wall ties rusting and forcing part the pre fab panels.
 

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I used to live near Crystal Palace. The dinosaurs aren’t really that inspiring. They were well knackered when I lived there. This all smacks of something in disrepair literally crumbling apart while those who are supposed to look after them have dropped the ball maintenance wise.
 

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I used to live near Crystal Palace. The dinosaurs aren’t really that inspiring. They were well knackered when I lived there. This all smacks of something in disrepair literally crumbling apart while those who are supposed to look after them have dropped the ball maintenance wise.
They often get mentioned in 'free things to see in london' guides, and people turn up expecting a kind of theme park. When in fact it's just some crumbly statues and ok gardens and a few bits of ruins.
Quite interesting but not really a tourist destination.
That said, it'd be great if they could be maintained and restored to technicolour glory.
 

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They often get mentioned in 'free things to see in london' guides, and people turn up expecting a kind of theme park. When in fact it's just some crumbly statues and ok gardens and a few bits of ruins.
Quite interesting but not really a tourist destination.
That said, it'd be great if they could be maintained and restored to technicolour glory.

And they're pretty tiny too.
 

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Some repeat I was watching at weekend had Seagull and Monkman there, I was going to add to the list of things to do when normality resumes.

shant bother now.
 

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Some repeat I was watching at weekend had Seagull and Monkman there, I was going to add to the list of things to do when normality resumes.

shant bother now.
If you're in the area then it's worth a stroll in the park just don't expect jurassic park!
 

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I seem to remember them being in a old black and white filme,
was it the original 39 Steps?
 

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Actually, iirc, what is worth a visit is the Horniman Museum in nearby Forest Hill. It has gardens and an aquarium now apparently but I remember the Anthropology collections similar to the Pitt Rivers Museum.
 

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Are the stone dinos hollow? Can you climb inside?

What was the children's TV show (going back to the 1970s) where the kids got into a hollow dino and it started to walk about? Might have been a E. Nesbitt adaptation, something Edwardian.
 

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Are the stone dinos hollow? Can you climb inside?

What was the children's TV show (going back to the 1970s) where the kids got into a hollow dino and it started to walk about? Might have been a E. Nesbitt adaptation, something Edwardian.
Now. This bugged me for YEARS. I could not remember. Then I found out. But now I've forgotten again.....gah!
 

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Are the stone dinos hollow? Can you climb inside?

I think they are hollow; they allegedly had a dinner party inside the iguanadon before it was completed, but you can't get inside, no. Even as I child, I didn't think they were that big, tbh!
 

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All I can find online is Walking with Dinosaurs, it definitely wasn't that.
 

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I think they are hollow; they allegedly had a dinner party inside the iguanadon before it was completed, but you can't get inside, no. Even as I child, I didn't think they were that big, tbh!

You're right, here's more details:
Iguanodon part-ay!

It even includes the menu, which doesn't sound like stuff a dino would eat.
 

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Now. This bugged me for YEARS. I could not remember. Then I found out. But now I've forgotten again.....gah!
Ah. Got it. The Enchanted Castle by E Nesbitt. Tv series 1979.
Can't remember it at all apart from the scary hollow dinosaurs.
Judging from the reviews that's all anyone remembers.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0291148/
 

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Top work, @Ladyloafer ! And there's one more thing I remember from it: the terrifying Ugly-Wuglies, the makeshift dummies the children made for an audience for their little show that came magically to life and chased them.
 

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E. Nesbitt's children's books are brilliant, believe me!

Many years ago, I had a day waiting in for workmen to put up a garden shed.
Someone my husband taught with had passed us a pile of E.Nesbitt paperbacks for our junior schoolage daughter.
Well, I sat waiting and started reading 'Five Children and It'.
I was hooked!
The workmen never turned up, but I had discovered a truly brilliant author.

OK they are children's books, but they are SO funny and SO entertaining.
I reccommend them as essential reading!
 

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Jurassic Lives Matter...
 

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They often get mentioned in 'free things to see in london' guides, and people turn up expecting a kind of theme park. When in fact it's just some crumbly statues and ok gardens and a few bits of ruins.
Quite interesting but not really a tourist destination.

They sound fantastic. That's like saying stonehenge is pants because its not Roman...They are grade 1 listed, they are that important.

This is the publics first look at a pre-diluvial world; imagine how they must have looked to the Victorians.
 
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