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Wembley Arena (Formerly the Empire Pool)

A Grade II Listed Building in Tokyngton, London

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Latitude: 51.5581 / 51°33'29"N

Longitude: -0.2828 / 0°16'57"W

OS Eastings: 519142

OS Northings: 185752

OS Grid: TQ191857

Mapcode National: GBR 7T.KDS

Mapcode Global: VHGQQ.13WD

Entry Name: Wembley Arena (Formerly the Empire Pool)

Listing Date: 14 October 1976

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1078877

English Heritage Legacy ID: 198759

Location: Brent, London, HA9

County: London

District: Brent

Electoral Ward/Division: Tokyngton

Built-Up Area: Brent

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Michael Tokyngton

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 07/07/2016

TQ 18 NE

Wembley Arena (formerly The Empire Pool)

(Formerly listed as Wembley Arena, previously listed as The Empire Pool)
(Formerly listed under EMPIRE WAY)


Designed by Sir E Owen Williams and built in 1934 for The Empire Games. It has a reinforced concrete frame of 3 hinged arches spanning 240 feet which was the largest concrete span in the world at that time. The pool was 200 feet long and 60 feet wide with a deck for ice skating. The end of the building opens and used to lead to sunbathing terraces and lawns. The sides have 15 massive concrete buttresses. The ends are galed with 20 narrow lights of increasing height from the edges to the centre. Used for 1948 Olympic Games.

Listing NGR: TQ1914285752

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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