Wimbledon Village Area Guide

[vc_row el_class=”content pd-l mg-t mg-b-large mg-t-none-md”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Everything you need to know about Wimbledon Village” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_column_text]The rich history of Wimbledon Village Stables illustrates why this prestige area between Wimbledon Common and the town centre is a rare find ­– a true village within easy reach of Central London

The current stables, tucked behind the Dog & Fox – an 18th century inn on the stagecoach route between London and Portsmouth – on the High Street, were founded in 1915 by William Kirkpatrick and named Hilcote Stables. William’s daughter Jean took over on his retirement and continued to visit the stables until her death in 2005. From 1969, Hilcote Stables was leased to Colin and Judith Crawford.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][ultimate_modal modal_title=”Everything you need to know about WImbledon Village” modal_on=”text” modal_on_align=”left” read_text=”Click here to read more” modal_size=”block” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#0e396d” header_text_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#17347a”]In 1978, Colin and Judith bought a new site in Surrey, complete with a yard comprising over 30 boxes and some land, and gave up the lease on Hilcote.

It is ironic that, having declared for years that she wouldn’t sell the yard, Jean Kirkpatrick put the stables on the market in December 1979.

The stables’ management stated at first: “We are not exactly sure how to value the site. It’s not every day that a stables comes up for sale.”

But the local authority lost out to a group headed by Walter Stevenson and Peter Strong, which carried out “a massive renovation” to replace the rotting wooden stalls and hay barns with prefabricated stalls, four new loose boxes, an office and a staff room.

WVS continues to be what is believed to be the oldest recorded riding stables in England. Richard Milward, a renowned local historian, researched the background of horses in Wimbledon over the years and found that the first recorded stables belonged to the Lord of the Manor and are detailed in the estate’s accounts of 1236-37.

Wimbledon Village’s history precedes that and is referred to as Wimbedounyng in a charter signed by King Edgar the Peaceful in 967 and is shown on J Cary’s 1786 map of the London area as Wimbledon.

Today, the “Village”, as it is known by locals, provides a good selection of bistros, restaurants, coffee bars and pubs and, during the fortnight of the Wimbledon tennis championships, the streets are crowded with visitors enjoying the facilities and the vibrant atmosphere.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the iconic tennis tournament with which Wimbledon is most associated takes place every summer, is just a stone’s throw from the Village. During Wimbledon fortnight, traders in the Village celebrate the event by dressing their windows with a tennis theme.

But the Village’s prosperity and atmosphere is not just built on a once-a-year event. On the High Street and in Church Road, upmarket stores including LK Bennett, Max Mara, Cath Kidston, Joseph, Whistles and Reiss sit alongside independent specialists, such as Gardenia of London florists Wimbledon Books, Smiths Cycles and Mint Sauce as well as a number of art galleries specialising in traditional and contemporary paintings.

Soon five rival groups were bidding for Hilcote, including Merton Council, which was planning to build a multi storey car park there.[/ultimate_modal][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”2176″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”bg_color” bg_override=”full” el_class=”content pd-l pd-t-large pd-b-large” bg_color_value=”#ebf1fb”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”On common ground” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_single_image image=”2177″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_column_text]It is the Village’s location adjoining 1140 acres of open land with heath, woodland, streams and ponds that make up Wimbledon and Putney Commons which genuinely makes it the place where town and country meet..

The Commons are the largest expanse of heathland in the London area and are kept in as natural a state as possible. Although there are many footpaths, cycle paths and horse rides, there are also ponds, bogs, ditches and brambles.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][ultimate_modal modal_title=”On common ground” modal_on=”text” modal_on_align=”left” read_text=”Click here to read more” modal_size=”block” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#0e396d” header_text_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#17347a”]In fact, the wettest areas such as Farm Bog contain bog mosses with other plants rare in London, such as bogbean, bulbous rush, oval sedge, star sedge, water horsetail, alder buckthorn, marsh pennywort and lesser skullcap. Others are lesser spearwort, yellow iris, reedmace, common reed, marsh thistle and gypsywort.

The importance of the plant and wildlife supported by Wimbledon Common is why the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Conservation.

The Commons, however, are not parkland and are kept in as natural a state as possible. Although there are many footpaths, cycle paths and horse rides, there are also ponds, bogs, ditches and brambles.

In fact, Wimbledon Common is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Conservation site because of the importance of its wildlife.[/ultimate_modal][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class=”content pd-l mg-t mg-b-large mg-t-none-md”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Golf anyone?” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_column_text]Walkers, cyclists and horse riders share the open space with golfers. Wimbledon Common is used by Wimbledon Common, London Scottish and Royal Wimbledon Golf Clubs. The latter two both claim to be the third oldest golf club in England. As the London Scottish club explains: “In 1865 the first clubhouse was established under the shadow of the windmill before the club was opened up to civilians in 1869.

“When a major dispute erupted between the military and non-military members in 1881, the civilians created what later became Royal Wimbledon Golf Club. Royal Wimbledon played on our course until constructing its own one just off the Common in 1907.”

Tennis, squash, cricket and hockey are all catered for by a variety of clubs in the area.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_single_image image=”2178″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”bg_color” bg_override=”full” el_class=”content pd-l pd-t-large pd-b-large” bg_color_value=”#ebf1fb”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Windmills and other historic buildings” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_single_image image=”2179″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_column_text]No visit to Wimbledon Common is complete without calling in at Wimbledon Windmill, which was built in 1817 to serve the local community. However, it only operated until 1864 when the machinery was removed and it was converted to residential accommodation. Today, the sails have been restored to working order and the building houses a windmill museum, with exhibits on rural life and local history, plus a tearoom. Connections to a bygone age can be also found in the heart of Wimbledon Village, where one of the finest examples of a Jacobean Manor house to survive in London stands. Eagle House was built in 1613 or 1617 (depending on which sources you consult) for Robert Bell, Master of the Worshipful Company of Girdlers and a co-founder and director of the British East India Company.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][ultimate_modal modal_title=”Windmills and other historic buildings” modal_on=”text” modal_on_align=”left” read_text=”Click here to read more” modal_size=”block” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#0e396d” header_text_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#17347a”]After passing through a number of owners, the house was bought by Reverend Thomas Lancaster in 1789-90 to house the Wimbledon School for Young Gentlemen and Noblemen. Lord Nelson and Emma Lady Hamilton visited the school in 1805, after which it was renamed the Nelson Academy.

Eagle House has also been used as a military academy and more recently as home to the Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, an Islamic heritage and cultural centre. It is now being redeveloped for residential purposes.

Another notable property in the area is Southside House, a 17th-century building on the south side of Wimbledon Common built for Robert Pennington. Two niches either side of the front door contain statues of Plenty and Spring, which are said to bear the likenesses of Pennington’s wife and daughter. Inside, the house contains many examples of 17th century furniture, and memorabilia connected to the Pennington family. The house’s musick room was prepared for the entertainment of Frederick, Prince of Wales. Other notable visitors include Sir William Hamilton, Lady Hamilton and Lord Nelson. Southside House is still run by Pennington’s descendants, serving partly as a residence but also as a museum.[/ultimate_modal][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class=”content pd-l mg-t mg-b-large mg-t-none-md”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Homes & transport links around Wimbledon Village” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_column_text]Houses bordering this semi-wooded expanse and luxury apartments with views across the Common command the highest prices in the area. In the best locations prices can reach over £10m. But you get more for your money than you would, just seven miles away, in Central London and it is no wonder that many residents have moved here from Chelsea and Belgravia.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][ultimate_modal modal_title=”Homes & transport links around Wimbledon Village” modal_on=”text” modal_on_align=”left” read_text=”Click here to read more” modal_size=”block” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ header_bg_color=”#0e396d” header_text_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#17347a”]Wimbledon Village’s housing mix spans Georgian and Victorian villas, artisan cottages, interwar semis, period terraces, 1960s town houses and retro-style flats. New developments tend to comprise small schemes or bespoke houses and apartment blocks, although the recent redevelopment by Berkeley of the former Atkinson Morley Hospital’s 25-acre site has seen 94 homes added to Wimbledon’s housing stock.

Transport Links

While the delights of Wimbledon Village and the commons are best enjoyed on foot, horseback or by bike, Wimbledon is a popular choice for commuters because of its transport connections to London. The Village is just a short walk from Wimbledon town centre, where excellent transport links – including direct access to the Tube network’s District Line, overground train services to Waterloo (20 minutes) and Blackfriars (30 minutes) plus the tramlink – can all be found.

Local bus routes are plentiful and include the 57 (to Clapham), the 93 (to Putney), the 156 (to Vauxhall), the 164 (to Sutton) and the 493 (to Richmond). There are also two regular night bus services (N87 and N155) running to and from central London all night.[/ultimate_modal][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_single_image image=”2180″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”bg_color” bg_override=”full” el_class=”content pd-l pd-t-large pd-b-large” bg_color_value=”#ebf1fb”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Outstanding schools” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_single_image image=”2168″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_column_text]Schools in Wimbledon have an enviable reputation. There are five primary schools rated Outstanding by Ofsted – West Wimbledon, Dundonald, Bishop Gilpin, Singlegate and St Marys, while other sought-after choices are Holy Trinity and Wimbledon Chase primary school.

For secondary education, the girls only Ursuline High is rated Outstanding by Ofsted, while Willington, Ricards Lodge High School, which is also a girls’ school, and Wimbledon College – a boys’ Catholic School – are also well regarded.

For private education, many parents look to Wimbledon Girls High School in the town and King’s College School on the south side of Wimbledon Common.

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