Record Details

NHER Number:34128
Type of record:Building
Name:Wellesley Road Grandstand


A football grandstand, built in the late 19th century by J. W. Cockrill, and is one of the oldest examples in the country. The ground floor is of brick, with a timber superstructure above. The timber-lined changing rooms are on the ground floor. The grandstand is close to the tennis pavilion and ticket office also built by Cockrill in the 1890s.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 5309 0820
Map Sheet:TG50NW

Full description

Football grandstand.
According to (S1) the ground was opened in 1888 and the stand built in late 1889, making it the oldest football stand in Britain. See (S2) which shows building with open front on twelve crownposts. Fanlight in small gable above centre, with clock. Similar windows in side walls. Brick basement has ornamental circular and oval grilles and double flight of steps.
See (S3).
E. Rose (NLA) 19 December 1998.

Date given above is apparently incorrect; building listed in 2000, see (S3), as built 1890 to 1891 but (S4) says in fact 1891 to 1892, however still the oldest in Britain. Built by J. W. Cockrill, clock of 1896 by Green of Yarmouth, for full details see (S4).
E. Rose (NLA) 8 November 2000.

Monument Types

  • GRANDSTAND (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1999. Standing room only for Bloaters fans. 17 December.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF1006.
<S1>Directory: White, W.. 1890. White's History, gazetteer and directory of Norfolk.. 5th Edition.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. Town pitches in with claim to oldest stand. 11 December.
<S3>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1380279.
<S4>Article in Serial: Tubby, D.. 2000. History of the Wellesley Road Recreation Ground.. Yarmouth Archaeology. pp 44-61.

Related records

MNO11781Related to: Grandstand at Wellesley Recreation Ground, Wellesley Road, Gt Yarmouth (Revoked)
43024Related to: Tennis Pavilion at Wellesley Recreation Ground (Building)
43025Related to: Ticket Office at Wellesley Recreation Ground (Building)
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