All across London there are areas that have certain reputations, from being full of yummy mummies sitting in coffee shops all day to having too many hipster joints gentrifying the area and driving up house prices.
While some of these stereotypes are fair enough, others are totally unfounded and really annoy the locals.
So we asked the members of a community Crystal Palace Facebook page to reveal what they think are the most annoying misconceptions people have about their neighbourhood.
Here’s what they said.
“That everyone who lives here is middle class and wealthy.”
Many of those who responded commented on how the area has become gentrified and that the sense of community had all but faded.
“That it has a McDonald’s.”
One commenter replied “too soon”.
Turns out the council refused an application for a McDonald’s takeaway for fears of antisocial behaviour.
“That it’s right next to the stadium.”
The stadium is actually in Selhurst, a half-hour walk from Crystal Palace train station.
“That there’s actually a place called Crystal Pallets.”
If you Google it you’ll find there’s a furniture store by that name.
“That Crystal Palace is a place. It’s not.”
To which one person replied: “I think that misconception is the other way round now. ‘Oh Crystal Palace isn’t actually a place you know?’’ Well it is isn’t it?”
“That it’s called Upper Norwood.”
This is a tense topic of debate.
People pointed out the postal address is Upper Norwood, while others said there are signs calling it Crystal Palace and it’s on the map.
Both sides make a number of good arguments – we’re staying neutral.
“That there’s still a palace.”
No, sadly the palace was destroyed by fire in November 1936.
“That Prince Charming and Cinderella live there.”
Urm, we don’t know anyone who thinks this…
“That it’s the meeting point of three boroughs.”
Apparently it’s five boroughs and three postal districts.
“That the park was part of Penge Common.”
Nope, anyone who looks at a map can see Crystal Palace Park is its own thing.
“That there’s a Nuclear Bunker nearby but for government use only.”
Pear Tree House used to part of the civil defence control area and was used during the Cuban Missile Crisis, so we can see how this rumour started.
“That Crystal Palace was a better place with Noodle Time.”
Another debate seems to be around whether Noodle Time was any good, with strong opinions on each side.
But it’s gone now.
“That it’s a palace made out of crystal.”
Do people really think that?
“The Sainsbury’s in the Triangle is the Upper Norwood Sainsbury’s”
Apparently this causes a lot of confusion, and people don’t realise the official Crystal Palace Sainsbury’s is by the stadium.
“That it’s a village.”
Definitely more a town.
“That the football team is any good.”
It’s in 6th place so far this season (at the time of publication), which is pretty good.
“That its football team is rubbish.”
It was rubbish back in 2013, but it’s just getting better and better.
“That it’s better than Penge.”
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
“That the Crystal Palace ever existed.”
Well, it did… there’s photos.
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“That crystal meth grows on the trees.”
You’d have to be high to actually think this is true.
“That it’s in the sticks.”
Well it is quite far out of Central London, but it is only zone 3/4.
Definitely not in the sticks, just nicely green.