Areas We Serve: Wembley

April 12, 2013

We have decided to introduce our clients to the fascinating history of the areas around us. In this blog entry, we will explore some facts about the most intriguing neighborhoods we often deliver our services and products to. We will begin with the most famous one: Wembley.

Wembley is an area in the vibrant North West London Borough of Brent. Of course its name is now world famous thanks to Wembley Stadium, England’s national football stadium. We’re proud of our home turf; after all, it was Pele that said “Wembley is the cathedral of football”.

Wembley also boasts an incredible history; some of the biggest international performers have entertained here, world-class legends have played football here…and it’s had its fair share of royal visits! Here are a few interesting facts you might not know about Wembley:

1. Wembley is derived from the Old English proper name “Wemba” and the Old English world “Lea” for meadow.

2. Wembley is home to the Fountain Studios, one of the country’s largest purpose built television studios and host to X Factor, Bremner, Bird and Fortune and Britain’s Got Talent.

3. Wembley Stadium was constructed as a centrepiece of the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 and 1925. The exhibition featured 56 of the 58 countries that were in the Commonwealth at the time and attracted a staggering 27 million visitors. It was planned for the stadium to be demolished after the exhibition.

4. Each and every one of the 90,000 seats at the new Wembley Stadium has more leg room than the terribly cramped Royal Box had in the old stadium. We never heard the Royals complain though!

5. The Beatles played their last ever UK concert at Wembley Arena in 1966. Oh yes, that’s also the year England won the World Cup here.

6. Debris from the Old Wembley Stadium was used to make the award-winning Northala Fields in Northolt, Ealing.

7. Bon Jovi was the last musical act to play at the Old Wembley before it was closed. They were scheduled to be the first to play in the new stadium, but the concerts were moved to Milton Keynes.

8. Every Sunday, rain or shine, thousands of people flock to the famous Wembley market.

9. A time capsule was buried under Wembley’s pitch in December 2005.

10. Wembley Arena has hosted events for both the 1948 and 2012 Olympics.

If you have any further questions regarding the wood flooring products we stock here, at ESB Flooring London showroom or you are looking for an advice about the best wood flooring for your home feel free to contact the ESB sales team. Contact us now to request your no hassle no obligation free samples or come down to our North London showroom for a closer look. 


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