26 Facts About Wembley


Wembley was for over 800 years part of the parish of Harrow on the Hill in Middlesex.

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The small, narrow, Wembley High Street is a conservation area.

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Wembley formed a separate civil parish from 1894, incorporated as a municipal borough of Middlesex in 1937.

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Estate of Wembley Park was largely pleasure grounds when the Metropolitan Railway reached this part in 1894.

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Wembley is derived from the Old English proper name "Wemba" and the Old English "lea" for meadow or clearing.

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Village of Wembley grew up on the hill by the clearing with the Harrow Road south of it.

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At the dissolution of the monasteries in 1543, the manor of Wembley fell to Richard Andrews and Leonard Chamberlain, who sold it to Richard Page, Esq.

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The church of Saint John the Evangelist, Wembley, designed by George Gilbert Scott and W B Moffatt, was consecrated in 1846, in which year Wembley became a parish.

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Wembley was served by tram and later trolleybus (route 662) which ran through the Harrow Road from Sudbury to Paddington until the abandonment of the networks.

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Until the 2000s, remnants of the many reinforced concrete buildings, including the original Wembley Stadium, remained, but nearly all have now been removed, to make way for redevelopment.

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The Original Wembley Stadium closed in October 2000 and was demolished in 2003.

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The new Wembley stadium was designed by a consortium including engineering consultant Mott MacDonald and built by the Australian firm Multiplex.

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Wembley falls within the UK Parliament constituency of Brent North, currently represented by Barry Gardiner MP.

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Wembley formed part of the large ancient parish of Harrow on the Hill in the Gore hundred of Middlesex.

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In 1894 Wembley was split from Harrow, creating a new parish and urban district.

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The clash quickly turned political amid the plans to build Chalkhill Estate, as Wembley was Conservative while Willesden was Labour; the balance of power between the two parties contributed to the borough council becoming a byword for polarised politics.

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In broadest terms Wembley has eight main green spaces, all but the golf course being public.

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Wembley is a short distance away from the Welsh Harp reservoir and open space, created in the early 19th century by damming the River Brent to provide water for the Grand Union Canal.

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Wembley is made up of six wards: Wembley Central, Alperton, Tokyngton, Barnhill, Preston and Sudbury.

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Wembley is part of both HA0 and HA9 post codes, and has its own post town.

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Wembley is known for its high degree of ethnic and religious diversity, and the population includes a large number of people of Asian, Afro-Caribbean and Eastern European origin.

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Wembley Sunday Market was a popular market held weekly from the 1970s until 2014 and run by Wendy Fair Markets.

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IKEA Wembley is in the Brent Park retail area near North Circular Road, Neasden.

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Wembley has two local non-League football clubs, Wembley F C and South Kilburn F C, that both play at Vale Farm stadium in nearby Sudbury.

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Wembley Point, formerly Station House, is a 21-storey building next to Stonebridge Park station.

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Wembley has numerous Transport for London bus routes that run through its centre on High Road, namely routes 18, 79, 83, 92, 182, 204, 223, 224, 297, 483, H17, and night route N18.

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