Twickenham Stadium named in historic venues list

Twickenham Stadium has been named amongst the top 10 places for sport and leisure by Historic England's 'A History of England in 100 Places' campaign.

Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson selected The Home of England Rugby alongside venues such as Lord’s Cricket Ground, the All England Club and Aintree Racecourse.

The campaign aims to find the 100 places which bring England’s extraordinary history to life. 

Twickenham hosted its first game in 1909 when Harlequins took on Richmond and England beat Wales in the first international game played there the year after.

The stadium has become one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world and has the fourth highest capacity in Europe at 82,000.

“Picking a top 10 list was really challenging but an enjoyable experience as you have to take into account both the venue and the sporting event,” said Grey-Thompson.

“I tried to pick a combination of those with historical value plus local community venues that make a real difference to people’s enjoyment of taking part in sport."

As a result of Baroness Grey-Thompson’s selection, Twickenham Stadium will be explored further in a podcast launched by Historic England.