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Latitude: 51.4751 / 51°28'30"N
Longitude: -0.221 / 0°13'15"W
OS Eastings: 523650
OS Northings: 176621
OS Grid: TQ236766
Mapcode National: GBR BH.WG8
Mapcode Global: VHGR4.4612
Entry Name: Grandstand and Turnstiles to Fulham Football Club
Listing Date: 24 March 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1079754
English Heritage Legacy ID: 201946
Location: Hammersmith and Fulham, London, SW6
District: Hammersmith and Fulham
Electoral Ward/Division: Palace Riverside
Built-Up Area: Hammersmith and Fulham
Traditional County: Middlesex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: St Etheldreda with St Clement Fulham
Church of England Diocese: London
TQ 2376 Stevenage Road
9/45 Grandstand and turnstiles
to Fulham Football Club
Football club grandstand with turnstiles. Built in 1905 to the design of Archibald Leitch.
MATERIALS: Red brick façade with stone dressings; steel trussed roof (not visible from street)covered in corrugated iron.
PLAN: Long frontage to Stevenage Road with covered stand behind. 3 storey street frontage of 27 bays with single-storey attached turnstile blocks to the left and right of 9 and 8 bays respectively.
DESCRIPTION: Almost symmetrical composition with shaped gables to centre 3 bays and to bays 5 and 6 from either side. Arched windows to ground floor and paired exit doors beneath segmental arches; narrow square headed entrances at intervals. Square-headed mullioned windows in triplets to first floor with blind panels between bearing strapwork cartouches. Segmental-headed windows to third storey lighting stand to rear. Behind is a 2-tier stand with a pitched corrugated-iron roof carried on triangular steel trusses with curved lower chords. The front of the roof is cantilevered forward by means of a lateral lattice girder carrying an awning, supported on a series of lattice stanchions. The roof has a central triangular pediment. Upper tier of stand has original wooden seating; modern seating to lower tier. Tunnels lead to former changing rooms beneath.
HISTORY: Fulham FC was founded in 1879 and moved to its present site in 1896. Its popular name: 'Craven Cottage' alludes to an C18 cottage orné which once stood on the site.
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: Of special interest as a well-preserved early surviving example of a football grandstand by Archibald Leitch (1866-1939), the foremost football stadium designer of the early C20. The façade is unusual in that it was a conscious attempt to give ornate treatment to a building type which was usually austere and functional.
SOURCES: English Heritage: Fulham Football Club, Historians' report, 1987; Simon Inglis: Football Grounds of Britain, 1996; Simon Inglis: Engineering Archie, 2005
Listing NGR: TQ2365076621
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