Event    From 15/8/1853  To 15/8/1853

Crystal Palace fatal accident

Categories: Tragedy

After the Great Exhibition of 1851 closed, the Crystal Palace was dismantled and reconstructed in Sydenham. During a time of high unemployment the project provided jobs for over 7,000 workmen. The accident occurred when tons of scaffolding supporting the centre transept collapsed and killed twelve workers.

The cause of the collapse was never determined, but the fact that the scaffolding was supported not on the ground, but on already constructed galleries around the central transept may have contributed to the accident. Our photograph shows the reconstruction underway.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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Crystal Palace fatal accident

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Crystal Palace fatal accident

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James Wardlow

James Wardlow

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James Stanley Richer

James Stanley Richer

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