It's exactly 80 years since The Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire. The vast cast-iron and plate-glass structure was originally built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was 1,851 feet (564m) long, with an interior height of 128 feet (39m), and used more glass than any building before it. After the exhibition, it was moved to Sydenham where it stood until its destruction on November 30 1936. The glow from the blaze was visible in eight counties and 100,000 people - including Winston Churchill - came to watch its demise. "This is the end of an age," said the great statesman. Read More via Telegraph.