The world’s best Derby venue.

As I pack my bags for a trip down to London I am reminded I am venturing to that part of London that has the world’s best Derby venues. Or should I say, it would have had, had  it not burned down in 1936.

In nine days Joseph Paxton designed a glass and iron construction of 33 million cubic feet. Erected in Hyde Park for the great exhibition of 1851, it was dismantled and rebuilt at Sydenham, where it stood until 1936, when it burned down. At 1848ft long and 450ft wide the Crystal Palace would have made the perfect Derby venue, a dramatic backdrop, with all the natural light I crave. Alas it is no-more, apart from in name.

Will someone please get a shovel, dig up Paxton and get it rebuilt, preferably before Saturday.


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