EPW017625 ENGLAND (1927). Wembley Park and Stadium, Wembley, 1927

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Details

Title [EPW017625] Wembley Park and Stadium, Wembley, 1927
Reference EPW017625
Date 23-April-1927
Link
Place name WEMBLEY
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 519155, 185592
Longitude / Latitude -0.28104875117157, 51.556134308848
National Grid Reference TQ192856

Pins

This was the site of the Malaya Pavilion during the British Empire Exhibition, but all that remains when this photograph was taken is some of the structural steelwork, including that for the two large minarets. You can see these in this colour postcard image (from the Wembley History Society Collection at Brent Archives, and the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles which stood in front of the main entrance to the pavilion (Singapore was still treated as part of Malaya in the 1920's).

PhilWHS
Sunday 8th of June 2014 07:38:39 PM
This area of the British Empire Exhibition site had been the Amusement Park in 1924 and (with some new attractions) in 1925. By the time of this photograph in 1927, the rides had all been sold off. Some found new homes in resorts such as Blackpool and Southend, but the rest ended up as scrap metal. Anyone interested in the story of the Exhibition can find an introductory history of it on the Brent Archives website at: http://www.brent.gov.uk/media/387533/The%20British%20Empire%20Exhibition.pdf . The online catalogue at the Brent Archives website will also give access to a large number of digitised photographs and postcards of the exhibition, many from the Wembley History Society Collection which is deposited there.

PhilWHS
Monday 26th of August 2013 02:42:19 PM
Turning loop for the miniature railway.

Maurice
Thursday 17th of January 2013 09:14:33 PM
I think you may mean turning loop for Road-rail line. It is likely that this closed at the end of 1924

Martin
Thursday 4th of July 2013 07:15:34 PM
Scenes on the 'Never Stop Railway' can be seen at http://www.britishpathe.com/video/never-stop-railway The sloping and curved track in the moving pictures is in this area.

Maurice
Thursday 17th of January 2013 09:11:45 PM
'Never Stop Railway' on viaduct.

Maurice
Thursday 17th of January 2013 09:07:23 PM
Southern/Eastern terminus of the 'Never Stop Railway'

Maurice
Thursday 17th of January 2013 09:06:29 PM

User Comment Contributions

Wembley Stadium was built in 1922/23 as a multipurpose athletics and entertainment centre for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924/25, seen on the left-hand side (northern)of the photograph. Most of the exhibition buildings were designed by Sir John Simpson and Maxwell Ayrton and constructed in ferro-concrete, at a cost in excess of £10 million.

A rare image of one of the main venues for significant events of the "Roaring Twenties". Upwards of 25 million visitors attended the exhibition during the summer of 1924.

John Swain
Tuesday 4th of June 2013 06:27:33 AM
John - Thanks for the comment on EPW005603 and the growth of London. The Wembley pictures, of which this is just one, attract me as my father worked on the site for the surveying firm Baker and Mallet before starting his career in the Southern and British Railways. I have made some annotations on other Wembley pictures relating to the Never Stop Railway which ran around the eastern and north sides of the site and which was of great fascination to my father.



As may be seen from many of my 'picture pins' it was railways that brought me to geography and geography that brought me to teaching in London and Devon. Like you, I am now retired.

Maurice
Tuesday 4th of June 2013 06:27:33 AM