EPW011413 ENGLAND (1924). Wembley Park, Boxing Match between Tommy Gibbons and Jack Bloomfield, 1924

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Details

Title [EPW011413] Wembley Park, Boxing Match between Tommy Gibbons and Jack Bloomfield, 1924
Reference EPW011413
Date July-1924
Link
Place name WEMBLEY PARK
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 519439, 185515
Longitude / Latitude -0.2769798663587, 51.555382134062
National Grid Reference TQ194855

Pins

This building is the West Africa Cafe, one of the many cafes run by J.Lyons who held the main catering franchise for the British Empire Exhibition in 1924. As the exhibition that year attracted around 17 million visitors, that was a lot of cups of tea! This particular cafe was situated within the "Walled City", which housed the exhibits from three West African nations, the Gold Coast (now Ghana), Nigeria and Sierra Leone, as well as more than sixty craftsmen who had come from those countries for the exhibition, and lived in the native village (see separate pin note). The picture attached shows the city's 1924 inhabitants, and comes from an album donated to Wembley History Society in 1964 by Mr D.M.H. Beck, who was the resident superintendent of the Nigerian Native Village, and was the Englishman seated on the left of the picture. The album is now held at Brent Archives.

PhilWHS
Sunday 25th of August 2013 05:03:16 PM
In the shadow of the new Empire Stadium at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 was the "Walled City" (based on the red mud walls of Kano in northern Nigeria), which housed the pavilions and exhibits from the West African nations of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), Nigeria and Sierra Leone. At one side of this was the native village, which was home to craftsmen from the three countries who had come to Wembley to show the world their way of life and craft skills between April and October 1924. The attached photograph shows some of the families in the Nigerian native village, including silversmiths, a weaver and a tailor from Kano, leatherworkers from Maiduguri, and woodcarvers from Oyo and a potter from Ilorin. It is from an album donated in 1964 to Wembley History Society, and now held at Brent Archives.

PhilWHS
Sunday 25th of August 2013 04:51:40 PM