EPW024263 ENGLAND. West Ham Football Stadium, Custom House, 1928

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Title [EPW024263] West Ham Football Stadium, Custom House, 1928
Reference EPW024263
Easting / Northing 541280, 181522
Longitude / Latitude 0.036296914958404, 51.51445045909
National Grid Reference TQ413815


The Mems at West Ham

Wednesday 15th of August 2012 06:15:25 PM

User Comment Contributions

Good to see these pictures, and the really interesting comments, I only remember it as a greyhound and speedway track! Went every Tuesday night in the 60s!

Thursday 1st of December 2016 01:44:13 PM
Yes, football was played here, but of the many sports staged at the Stadium it was arguably the least successful. There was even a professional baseball team in the 1930s.

Friday 25th of March 2016 07:00:25 PM
Thanks for the corrections on the stadia details everyone. We've re-catalogued the image and the updated record will appear here in due course. Close-ups like this image give little ground control data so it's great to have your detailed knowledge to get it right!

Yours, Katy

Britain from Above Cataloguing Team Leader

Katy Whitaker
Friday 4th of January 2013 01:31:42 PM
West Ham Stadium, home of Thames AFC from 1928 to 1932.

Saturday 29th of December 2012 10:26:36 PM
Is Thames AFC the same as Thames Iron works F.C as a book i've got states that Thames wound up in June 1900 and relaunched a month later playing at Memorial Ground,Canning Town until 1904 when they moved to the Boleyn Ground.Wonder if another Thames played there from '28 to '34?

Wednesday 4th of July 2012 12:28:34 AM
Thames Ironworks became West Ham United (thus their nicknames of 'The Hammers' or 'The Iron' pertaining to their historical connection to iron-working). Thames Association were a short-lived attempt to make use of this stadium which was great in extent than Wembley! They got into Division 3 South but soon foundered. There was NO connection between the two clubs other than the work Thames which is quite common in London!!!

The stadium later became known as the Custom House Stadium and West Ham Hammers Speedway team raced there. It was pulled down some time again and is now a housing estate. I visted it and drove round it earlier this year (2012).

There is a better history of this venue in Simon Inglis' the Football Grounds of Britain/Great Britain books.

Dom McKenzie
Tuesday 20th of November 2012 12:30:10 AM
I'm afraid this is not The Memorial Grounds; it is Custom House - they are not the same places. The Custom House Stadium, as already remarked, has long since gone and is now a housing estate with road names which echo famous speedway riders. The Memorial Grounds was the original home of Thames Ironworks FC. It still exists as a sports arena (look here: http://maps.google.co.uk/) in which you will also be able to discern the faint outline of a cycle and motorcycle track (it was concrete and not a speedway) around the outside of the ground itself. The stands are all gone however. It is adjacent to the East London Cemetary.

So this photo should be re-titled as Custom House Stadium.

Saturday 29th of December 2012 10:26:36 PM
Yes I agree with both comments below, this is West Ham Stadium, completed in 1928 and demolished in the 1970's to make way for housing. It was used for speedway and by a football club called Thames AFC from 1928 until 1932 when they folded. West Ham United FC never played home games there.

Tuesday 3rd of July 2012 03:54:18 PM
Agreed. I don't think the Memorial Athletic Ground was ever a complete stadium like this - perhaps individual stands.

I live just south of it in E15. The Athletic Ground is adjacent to the District Line/London Tilbury & Southend Railway......rather distant from the other photos in this flight.

The Athletic Ground was the original ground of West Ham United - when the "Hammers" was allied to the Thames Shipbuilding Works at the mouth of the River Lea.

Did they play at the stadium - which in this picture includes a football pitch - before moving to Upton Park?

Paul Shaw
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 10:33:43 PM
This is West Ham Stadium which fronted Nottingham Avenue in Custom House, London E16 and not the Memorial Athletic Ground.

West Ham Stadium was renown for both dog racing and motorcycle speedway racing.

Tuesday 26th of June 2012 01:01:59 PM