History of Alexandra Palace
Initially a private venture, the owners intended to sell Alexandra Park in 1900 so that they might be developed. It was acquired by a collection of neighbouring local administrations. The Alexandra Palace and Park Trust were established by a parliamentary act. The Act mandated that the trustees maintain the structure and park and keep them open for the general public's unrestricted use and enjoyment. Currently serving as trustee is the London Borough of Haringey, whose coat of arms include lightning bolts to symbolise Alexandra Palace's early contributions to the invention of television.
For the BBC's new television service's production and transmission centre, the trustees leased a portion of the castle in 1935. It became the location of the BBC's first consistent public television broadcast in 1936. The 405-line monochrome analog television used for the transmission was the first entirely electronic television system to be utilised for regular broadcasting. The BBC continued to utilise Alexandra Palace for many years after the war, and its radio and television mast is still in operation, even though other facilities quickly replaced it.
Original historical television equipment is displayed in the southeast wing's remaining original studios "A" and "B," which also have producers' galleries. As of 2019, the old Victorian theatre is once again in operation and still has its stage equipment. The theatre and stage set is included on the Buildings at Risk register by English Heritage. At the request of the Hornsey Historical Society, Alexandra Palace has designated a listed building in 1996.
The High Court blocked a commercial development of the structure that included a hotel, replacement ice rink, movie theatre, ten-pin bowling alley, and exhibition centre in 2007. The development faced opposition from public groups.
The trading arm of the charitable trust that owns the building and park on behalf of the general public operates the Great Hall and West Hall typically for exhibitions, musical performances, and conferences. A tavern, ice rink, palm court, and a panoramic view of metropolitan London are all present.
In addition to being designated a neighbourhood nature reserve in 2013, Alexandra Park is also a Grade 1 Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation.
Travelling to Alexandra Palace
The Alexandra Palace, which offers Great Northern services from Moorgate, and London Underground's Wood Green on the Piccadilly line are the closest train stations. The London Buses route W3 also provides service to Alexandra Palace.