White Hart Lane was
closed during World War I, as it was taken over by the War Office and
the club played their home games at Homerton (Clapton Orient) or
During the Second World
War, White Hart Lane was kept open, as Highbury was closed by the War
Office. Thus Arsenal shared the Lane as their home ground, but not
all the stadium was allowed to be used, as there were restrictions on
large gatherings and also because parts of the ground had been
commandeered to store the belongings of people in the local area who had
been evacuated out of Tottenham.
Highbury was being used
as a First Aid Post and an Air Raid Patrol Centre, while the dressing
rooms were utilised as a clearing station for casualties. In the
main stand, there was also a Warden's reporting post established.
At times during the
Second World War, White Hart Lane was used as a mortuary and as an arms