Time trail 9: Geological strata and dinosaurs, Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace is famous for its models of dinosaurs and other beasts created in the 1850s at a time when many of them were newly discovered. The Victorians also sought to show off the economic importance of Imperial Britain by reconstructing a cliff from the Coal Measures. The strata represented, with their true thicknesses, are from near Ashover in Derbyshire. Adjacent is a three-quarters scale lead mine cave in Carboniferous Limestone.

Nearest train station: Penge East
Distance: 1.2 km (0.75 miles)

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