EPW049453 ENGLAND (1935). Twickenham Rugby Football Ground, Twickenham, 1935

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Title [EPW049453] Twickenham Rugby Football Ground, Twickenham, 1935
Reference EPW049453
Date October-1935
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Place name TWICKENHAM
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 515320, 174305
Longitude / Latitude -0.34003926411566, 51.455475912062
National Grid Reference TQ153743

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A splendid view of the old stadium, which became the HQ of the Rugby Football Union and home to the England team from 1910, when the accommodation for spectators was only 30,000 and there was limited parking for motor vehicles. Necessary expansion took place after the Great War, with the completion of the North Stand (at the far end of the ground) in 1925, followed by extensions to the East and West Stands, so that there was now (1932) provision for 23,000 seated spectators in the two double-decker stands. Just three months after this photograph was taken, an estimated crowd of more than 73,000 witnessed the first-ever English victory over the New Zealand All Blacks by 13 points to nil, in what became known as Prince Obolensky's Match. The ground remained relatively unchanged until the 1980s and the refurbished stadium (capacity 82,000), arguably the most famous in the world, is set to host the Rugby World Cup Final in the autumn of 2015. A far cry from Edwardian times, when Billy Williams (1860-1950)discovered the market garden near the River Thames and was able to persuade the RFU to buy the site of ten acres, for the princely sum of £5,572 12s 6d!!

John Swain
Wednesday 15th of May 2013 06:37:22 PM