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Wembley Stadium Twin Towers

Destroyed 2003

Wembley Stadium, as you can see, was not only dominated for over 75 years by its world famous twin towers, but it wembley stadium twin towers london also used them as a world famous branding with its renowned Wembley logo. Not surprising, considering that these magnificent specimens figured in a catalogue of filmed and televised major world sporting events since their construction.

The old stadium stood alone as a monument to the time when the worlds buildings were both functional and decorative, where artistry and imagination involved itself in the making of a lasting and well loved creation, built to last and be appreciated forever. This was Wembley Stadium, fronted by its voluptuous Twin Towers, and surrounded by its arched battlements. Crafted and designed as a stunning wonder. A commanding opus in architectural showmanship.

Most prominent in the Stadiums history was, of course, its position as focal point and home in the game of soccer. Originating in England, the sport is now a total worldwide enterprise which still sees its roots in Britain and its heart in Wembley.

Very soon after its completion, the stadium found itself to be our national football stadium and was revered the world over, cramming a mighty 100,000 spectators into its terraces. And all games would be played out in the shadow of the terrific twin towers. There's not too many symbols that are more widely recognised than these Towers, apart from the towers of Tower Bridge, maybe.

The Twin Towers gained world recognition after Wembley hosted the Olympic Games in 1948. Then 1966, the eyes were glazing onto the majesty of the Towers when the home football team at last reigned triumphant, and Wembley became a worldwide symbol & iconic image of World sport. Their immortality was complete when Wembley Stadium became the venue for the 1985 music event 'Live Aid'

Originally, this Wembley site was once notorious for being the location of London's failed attempt at an Eiffel Tower replication, known as 'Watkin's Folly' after the builder, or the 'London Stomp' after it's appearance. This joke of an exercise was abandoned after only 200 completed feet, and ignored by 1907, then left to rust for over 10 years. Later it was blown up to make way for the stadium.

This new stadium, which was finished in 1924, actually used some of this Folly as its foundation, and the twin towers arose from its base. Soon, the towers were a feature on the Wembley landscape. The view of these towers, visable for miles, were an uplifting apparition for any visiting sports and music fan. Up close, they were an exciting experiment in an offset angular crazed design. Such a gorgeous marvel to behold in all kinds of lighting, the towers seemed to change shape and color on you, as the shadows from the turrets deceive and transmogrify.

The Towers were part of a grand grouping in a spectacular jigsaw of stadia resources, all of which were fashioned in a subdued Art-Deco style of the time. Bridging the two Towers was a huge complex of these pieces, the major entity without doubt being the 'Royal Box' where royalty and the like would view events, approached from the field by the famous 39 steps by successions of gloried sportspersons ready to recieve trophys and medals from their leaders.

Behind that were a warren of rooms leading to the great Banqueting Hall, this being in support of the right royal hospitality to Monarch and business alike, which had brillaint views towards London from the main front Balcony. This Balcony, pictured right, stood above the main red Medieval Gate to the Wembley Tunnel, that fabled approach to the hallowed turf.

After many years of valuable service to the nation, the Stadium suddenly found itself on the receiving end of abuse from the speculators whom had decided that the Stadium wasnt good enough, that the facilites were poor. A poor excuse, I think, for speculators to destroy our national monument - so as to profit from replacing it with yet another nondescript plastic effigy. As ever, there was no interest in preservation, nor any interest in of improving what we already had. All they had to offer is the hateful wanton killing of a creation the world has loved forever.

Whilst most countries could boast a multitude of supreme stadia, the authorities here were hell bent on trashing the greatest one we have. Not a thought spared for the beauty of the Twin Towers and its wonderfully crafted buildings.

There was a short reprieve, whilst the bickerers in government fought over designs and funding, but the death warrant was signed for the World's football treasure. And after being left to rot for years, they unceremoniously tore our national sporting monument down into the mud.

Charles (of London Town)

The London Destruction Website.