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White City was the place which defined the modern Marathon.


The area now called White City was level arable farmfields until 1908, when it was used as the site of the Franco-British Exhibition and the 1908 Summer Olympics. In 1909 the exhibition site hosted the Imperial International Exhibition and in 1910, the Japan-British Exhibition. The final two exhibitions to be held there were the Latin-British (1912) and the Anglo-American (1914), which was brought to a premature end by the outbreak of the First World War.

During this period it was known as the Great White City due to the white marble cladding used on the exhibition pavilions, and hence gave its name to this part of Shepherd's Bush.

The White City Stadium was demolished in 1985 to make way for the BBC White City building. Today, the 1908 Olympics are commemorated with a list of athletes inscribed on the side of the BBC Broadcast Centre Building, and the athletics finish line is marked in the paving outside the building.

The Marathon from these London Olympics played an important part in the development of the modern marathon race. In the early years of competitive international sport, the long distance marathon race did not have a standard set distance. The distance run at the first seven Olympics from 1896 to 1920 varied between 40km and 42.75 km. The starting point of the race at the 1908 Olympics was at Windsor Castle creating a distance of 26 miles 385 yards to the finishing line at White City stadium. In 1921 this was adopted as the standard distance.

To house the growing population of Shepherd's Bush, a five-storey housing estate was built in the late 1930s, which also took the name of the White City. Streets were named after countries that had featured in the exhibitions.

White City tune station was opened on 23 November 1947, replacing the earlier Wood Lane station. Its construction started after 1938 and had been scheduled for completion by 1940, but the Second World War delayed its opening for another seven years.

The architectural design of the station won an award at the Festival of Britain and a commemorative plaque recording this is attached to the building to the left of the main entrance.


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THE STREETS OF WHITE CITY
Abdale Road, W12 Abdale Road is located near the ’Groves’ area of Shepherd’s Bush.
Arminger Road, W12 Arminger Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Australia Road, W12 Australia Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bentworth Road, W12 Bentworth Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bloemfontein Avenue, W12 Bloemfontein Avenue is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bloemfontein Road, W12 Bloemfontein Road is one of the main roads of the White City Estate.
Bloemfontein Way, W12 Bloemfontein Way is a road in the W12 postcode area
Bulwer Street, W12 Bulwer Street is a road in the W12 postcode area
Canada Way, W12 Canada Way is a road in the W12 postcode area
Caxton Road, W12 Caxton Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Commonwealth Avenue, W12 Commonwealth Avenue is a road in the W12 postcode area
Creighton Close, W12 Creighton Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Depot Road, W12 Depot Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Dorando Close, W12 Dorando Close commemorates Dorando Pietri who finished first in the marathon of the 1908 London Olympics but was disqualified for receiving assistance.
Ellerslie Road, W12 Ellerslie Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Ethelden Road, W12 Ethelden Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Frithville Gardens, W12 Frithville Gardens is a road in the W12 postcode area
Galloway Road, W12 Galloway Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Havelock Close, W12 Havelock Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Hudson Close, W12 Hudson Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Imre Close, W12 Imre Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
India Way, SW15 A street within the W12 postcode
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Ingersoll Road, W12 Ingersoll Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Joslings Close, W12 Joslings Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Lawrence Close, W12 Lawrence Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Loftus Road, W12 Loftus Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Mackenzie Close, W12 Mackenzie Close is a road in the W12 postcode area
Samuels Close, W6 Samuels Close is a road in the W6 postcode area
South Africa Road, W12 South Africa Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Stanlake Road, W12 Stanlake Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Stanlake Villas, W12 This is a street in the W12 postcode area
Thorpebank Road, W12 Thorpebank Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Tunis Road, W12 Tunis Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
Upper Road, W12 Upper Road is a road in the W12 postcode area
White City Close, W12 White City Close was designed as a compact series of two- to four-storey brown-brick terraces enclosing landscaped footways and courts.
White City Road, W12 White City Road is a road in the W12 postcode area


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