Open House London

‘Hidden’ Crystal Palace Subway breaks records

A short two minute film about the ‘secret’ Crystal Palace Subway, nestled beneath a busy South London road, has taken the internet by storm, leading to fresh hope that fundraising targets will be met to open up access to the Grade II listed site on a permanent basis.

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There were a tremendous number of places to visit in SE London alone during the London-wide Open House weekend in September ... one place we made sure to spend time in was the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill, endowed by the Scots-American industrialist (one of among 380 library buildings he wholly or partially financed in the UK). An inspired Open House Guide walked us by its many remarkable features - from the old librarian's quarters, the stained glass and Tudor-style windows, the skylights over what used to be the old librarian's desk ... the tiled floor mosaics ... to a gallery in a disused room featuring kids playing chess and Herne Hill photos by Max Rush! We even had a look at the back stacks -- which included a massive collection of vinyl destined (we were told) for the skips and leather-bound books galore! We were then served tea/coffee and biscuits!

 

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