The Crystal Palace Subway, with its extraordinary architectural qualities and rich heritage, formed the junction from the High Level Station to the world famous Crystal Palace which gave the name to the area on top of Sydenham Hill.
The station was designed by architect Edward Middleton Barry and was built in 1865. The subway followed soon afterwards and was built by a team of Italian crypt/cathedral builders although its mysterious designer(s) are currently unknown. It provided a safe (and dry) link for first class rail passengers arriving at the High Level station.
The Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire in 1936 and the subway, which is a Grade II listed structure, is one of the last surviving elements. Health and safety concerns mean it is more than twenty years since the subway was regularly opened to the public.
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