Wellesley Road Grandstand – Great Yarmouth, England - Atlas Obscura

Wellesley Road Grandstand

These grandstands are among the oldest continuously used stands in the world.  

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This grandstand was constructed in 1889 and designed by J.W. Cockrill, Great Yarmouth’s Borough Engineer, who was more commonly known as “Concrete Cockrill.”

The stands are the oldest football stands in the country, and one of the oldest continuously used in the world. The open construction of timber and concrete base makes watching a football match here a truly enjoyable experience, especially when you know you’re sitting on something that has survived more than a century. 

Know Before You Go

The grandstand is currently undergoing refurbishment (Summer 2023), so access is limited to viewing from the playing field. The field itself has operating hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sat/Sun. 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Various clubs, organizations, as well as individuals use the grounds for physical activities, so be aware of your surroundings.

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