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Crystal Palace's Grade II listed 'gatekeepers' get a fresh coat

PUBLISHED: 12:49 12 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:49 12 July 2016

The six Grade II listed sphinxes in Crystal Palace Park are currently undergoing extensive conservation and repair work

The six Grade II listed sphinxes in Crystal Palace Park are currently undergoing extensive conservation and repair work

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Work began on the statues last week

The six Grade II listed sphinxes in Crystal Palace Park are currently undergoing extensive conservation and repair workThe six Grade II listed sphinxes in Crystal Palace Park are currently undergoing extensive conservation and repair work

Crystal Palace Park received an added splash of colour last week as some of its iconic statues were painted red.

Six Grade-II listed sphinxes were painted terracotta red.

The iconic statues were once viewed as “gatekeepers” to the Crystal Palace, when it was moved from Hyde Park to Sydenham in 1852.

But over a century and a half later, the sphinxes have been listed on Historic England’s Heritage ‘At Risk’ register.

Renewal and recreation councillor, Peter Morgan, said: “The painting of these striking sphinxes is the final stage in returning them to their former Victorian glory.

“The conservation of the sphinxes and south terrace steps project is just part of the £2.4m project in the park that will include renovation of the dinosaurs and building a new café.

Historic England’s planning director, Nigel Barker, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the conservation of these majestic grade II listed sculptures. The six sphinxes were once ‘gatekeepers’ to the Crystal Palace, and they remain a much-loved feature of the park today.

“The terracotta red finish will reinstate their original mid-19th century colouring and help visitors to better appreciate their story and importance”.

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