A Wembley Connection?

It has often been said that the gravel from Stocker's Lake was used to build the old Wembley Stadium (pictured). Although the time was right, there is no direct evidence. The Empire Stadium as it was originally known, was built as the centrepiece of the British Empire Exhibition of 1924. It was first opened to the public a year before, on 28 April 1923 for the FA Cup Final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham. This was known as the 'White Horse' final because PC George Scorey and his white police horse Billie were needed to clear the pitch of spectators before the match could begin.


The stadium , designed by the architects Sir John Simpson and Maxwell Ayerton, took just 300 days to complete at a cost of £750,000. The engineer was Sir Owen Williams and 25,000 tons of ferro-concrete and 1000 tons of steel were used.