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Wembley Stadium Archives?

Postby Mick Loney » Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:01 pm

My father’s main occupation was an Asbestos Roof fixer, and he told me he had worked putting the roof on Wembley Stadium (The original ‘Twin Tower’ stadium didn’t have a roof!)

Any suggestions where I might find records relating to this exercise?
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Re: Wembley Stadium Archives?

Postby meekhcs » Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:15 pm

Local council, Football Association, wikipedia, any of which may yield the builders/engineering firm your Dad may have worked for, and hopefully info you are looking for?
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Re: Wembley Stadium Archives?

Postby MoVidger » Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:21 pm

Did he work on the 1963 re-roofing project? Bovis Ltd managed that project. Address in 1963: Jameson House, 69 Notting Hill Gate, London W11.
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Re: Wembley Stadium Archives?

Postby Mick Loney » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:10 pm

Movidger,
Not the re-roofing, but long before that, putting on the original roof! :D

Edit. Following Movidger’s suggestions, I did further research, and it seems there wasn’t an earlier roof than that built in 1963. It seems I misunderstood dad, perhaps it was some other work he did on the stadium. Ho-hum
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Re: Wembley Stadium Archives?

Postby Guy » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:36 am

Mick Loney wrote:My father’s main occupation was an Asbestos Roof fixer, and he told me he had worked putting the roof on Wembley Stadium (The original ‘Twin Tower’ stadium didn’t have a roof!)

Any suggestions where I might find records relating to this exercise?


I would suggest this is one of family history story that has got warped with time. There were many roofs in the Empire Exhibition which included the original Wembley Stadium for example
https://tinyurl.com/twtvgra

https://tinyurl.com/tpts24p

Do not forget the original exhibition halls, though made of concrete was envisaged as temporary structures.
Here is a link to download a PDF file which clearly shows the stadium with roofs over some of the stands
https://tinyurl.com/rt9v8nf

or http://agiusww1.com/empire/

I suspect the roofs of the stands were corrugated Asbestos which would have been erected by Asbestos Roof fixers.

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Re: Wembley Stadium Archives?

Postby Mick Loney » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:17 am

Guy,
You are correct in that from the photos, the original roof looks like Asbestos sheets, unfortunately, dad wasn’t born until 1915, so too young to have been involved in original construction. It is more probable that he was involved in repairs at some point, long before the roof was replaced in 1963, by which time he was no longer a roofer.
That’s the problem with oral history, what was said to mean one thing, was heard to mean something else. What was definite however, was that he did work on the roof at some point in the 40’s or 50’s.

If it was repair work, I doubt that any records still exist of who carried them out.

Thanks
Mike
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Re: Wembley Stadium Archives?

Postby MoVidger » Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:30 pm

It would be a bit of a research project, but you could consult the London Metropolitan Archives, as well as the back catalogues of "Construction News" and sister title "Architect’s Journal". I'm sure they'd feature mentions of prestigious construction projects like Wembley Stadium (and Broadcasting House).

Here's the LMA link for Wembley Stadium: https://search.lma.gov.uk/scripts/mwima ... SIONSEARCH
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