The restoration of Alexandra Palace
after the 1980 fire
A Hornsey Historical society lecture By Richard Loren
14.11.07 | filmed and produced by SaveAllyPally.com
55 min 35 sec | For larger screen click on the google link
and plans published by Owen Jones for a Muswell Hill rival of the
successful Crystal Palace, to be called the Palace of the People.
Idea is backed by famous educationalist Lord Brougham
Alexandra Palace opens First fire at Alexandra Palace 16 days
Alexandra Palace opens.
Palace closed due to financial problems - 200 acres of parkland
sold to repay debt.
1900 Park &
Palace acquired for the people for free access for ever. Placed
in the hands of Trustees from various north London councils.
1914 Palace closed
to public at outbreak of war. Requisitioned by Govt
1935 BBC signs
lease for South East wing.
1936 BBC starts
television from Alexandra Palace - it’s the world’s
first regular high definition television service
1937 BBC adopts
EMI Marconi system.
1939-45 TV shuts
down at AP at outbreak of war. Mast successfully used to deflect
directional beams of German bombers; many lives saved
1955 First broadcast
by BBC Television News from Alexandra Palace. Studios now used for
main BBC news, and experimental colour broadcasts
1967 High Court confirms transfer to GLC is legal, but that Palace and Park are held on trust and must be used wholly for charitable purposes
University television service opens at Alexandra Palace.
Council takes over Alexandra Palace from GLC for £1, with £8.5million
dowry for outstanding repair works.
1980 The Palace
suffers 2nd major fire.
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developed to rebuild the Palace as a state-of-the-art exhibition
centre. Rebuilding work commences.
Palace and Park Charity formally registered.
1986 50th anniversary
of BBC Television – celebrations staged in Studio A.
of the Alexandra Palace Television Trust to create a TV Museum.
1996 Dept of National
Heritage confers Grade II listed status on Alexandra Palace