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Where there ever house back of Loft? 16:32 - Jul 17 with 1320 viewsenfieldargh

Entrance to Loft end is as we know between a row of terrace houses.

What came first the houses or our stadium?

If houses did we have a few houses knocked down or was it a public thoroughfare through to an open space.


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In fact I was intrigued so I looked on Wiki and answered my own question.


The ground was first used on 11 October 1904 by Shepherd's Bush F.C., an amateur side that was disbanded during the First World War.[2] QPR moved to Loftus Road in 1917, having had their ground at Park Royal commandeered by the army in 1915.[3] At that time the ground was an open field with a pavilion. One stand from Park Royal was dismantled and re-erected forming the Ellerslie Road stand in 1919. This stand remained as the only covered seating in the ground until 1968 and was replaced in 1972. It had a capacity of 2,950.[4]

QPR moved out of Loftus Road at the start of the 1931–32 season, moving nearby to White City Stadium, but after a loss of £7,000, the team moved back for the start of the 1933-34 season.[3] In 1938, a new covered terrace for 6,000 spectators was constructed by a company called Framed Structures Ltd at the Loftus Road end taking the overall ground capacity up to 30,000. It cost £7,000 (with £1,500 donated by the QPR Supporters Club) and was opened by the Rt Hon Herbert Morrison, the leading Labour MP and future war time Home Secretary, at the match vs Crystal Palace on 29 October.[5] The section of the terracing that was covered was concreted at this time with the uncovered section later concreted in 1945.

In April 1948, after winning the Third Division (South) championship, the club bought the freehold of the stadium plus 39 houses in Loftus Road and Ellerslie Road for £26,250 financed by a share floatation that raised £30,000. When the club's finances were under pressure in the late 1950s the houses had to be sold. On 5 October 1953 floodlights were used at Loftus Road for the first time for a friendly game against Arsenal. In the summer of 1966 the original floodlights were replaced by much taller floodlight pylons. In the summer of 1980 these in turn were replaced with new floodlights.

States we owned 39 houses surrounding the stadium, if only we had kept hold of them we could have signed top international players for millions of pounds.

Back in the 60's my dad was offered some old properties to buy on the cheap in Powis Square off Portobello Road but he turned them down as they were some of the worse slums in London......if only.........


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Where there ever house back of Loft? on 17:17 - Jul 17 with 1253 viewsDWQPR

Aerial view of Loftus Road taken in 1928



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Where there ever house back of Loft? on 19:26 - Jul 17 with 1106 viewsNortholt_Rs

Where there ever house back of Loft? on 17:17 - Jul 17 by DWQPR

Aerial view of Loftus Road taken in 1928





I bet the Ellerslie bogs haven't changed since those photos were taken.

Poll: Where will we finish next season?

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Where there ever house back of Loft? on 19:31 - Jul 17 with 1094 viewsBoston

I see they weren't letting anyone in to watch the pre season back then either.
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Where there ever house back of Loft? on 20:39 - Jul 17 with 991 viewscolinallcars

Anyone know what those huge buildings were on the SA Road side ?
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Where there ever house back of Loft? on 21:07 - Jul 17 with 928 viewsJAPRANGERS

Fascinating historical pictures.
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Where there ever house back of Loft? on 21:11 - Jul 17 with 911 viewsJuzzie

Where there ever house back of Loft? on 20:39 - Jul 17 by colinallcars

Anyone know what those huge buildings were on the SA Road side ?


I think they were storage areas for the 1908 Franco-British exhibition
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Where there ever house back of Loft? on 22:13 - Jul 17 with 821 viewsBoston

Where there ever house back of Loft? on 21:11 - Jul 17 by Juzzie

I think they were storage areas for the 1908 Franco-British exhibition


correct
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Where there ever house back of Loft? on 22:38 - Jul 17 with 789 viewscolinallcars

It seems to be an area with little history. No buildings of architectural renown like pubs dating back to 1600 or anything like that. I think the area was mostly snake infested forests ( hence wormwood scrubs ) and fruit farms. Years later the Western Avenue brought traffic in from the west and lent its name to that great film All Quiet On The Western Avenue.
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Where there ever house back of Loft? on 01:49 - Jul 18 with 691 viewsBoston

Where there ever house back of Loft? on 22:38 - Jul 17 by colinallcars

It seems to be an area with little history. No buildings of architectural renown like pubs dating back to 1600 or anything like that. I think the area was mostly snake infested forests ( hence wormwood scrubs ) and fruit farms. Years later the Western Avenue brought traffic in from the west and lent its name to that great film All Quiet On The Western Avenue.


A tad harsh sir. I'll never forget the day I was taking a slash in the White Horse when I noticed Arthur Negus in the corner peering at the urinals, Royal Crown Derby, late 1750's apparently, certainly not bog standard.
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Where there ever house back of Loft? on 07:59 - Jul 18 with 533 viewsizlingtonhoop

Where there ever house back of Loft? on 22:38 - Jul 17 by colinallcars

It seems to be an area with little history. No buildings of architectural renown like pubs dating back to 1600 or anything like that. I think the area was mostly snake infested forests ( hence wormwood scrubs ) and fruit farms. Years later the Western Avenue brought traffic in from the west and lent its name to that great film All Quiet On The Western Avenue.


"The area now called White City was level arable farmfields until 1908"

London is at most 2000 years old, even the oldest parts were once just open land.

Everywhere was nowhere, once upon a time.

When the ground was first used in 1904 it was on the very edge of built London. A fact remembered when we remind defeated visitors with the words - "You're everywhere and nowhere baby.." at the end of a home victory.
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