Esoteric London

No. 630: Euston Road, NW1

Posted in Sport, Transport by esotericlondon on July 27, 2012

St. Pancras Station, Euston Road, London, NW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

The 1908 Summer Olympics were originally to be held in Rome but the eruption of Vesuvius and the subsequent devastation of Naples meant that there were more pressing demands on the Italian governments Lire and London was chosen to host the games instead. As a result White City Stadium was constructed in West London by George Wimpey in just ten months. Costing £60,000 it had a 24ft wide running track of a third of a mile in length with a cycle track outside of that and the infield included a swimming and diving pool. Unlike todays Olympics, which tend to be held in various venues, most of the events were held within the stadium except for several football games which were played on Shepherds Bush Green. R.D.