Wimbledon Village Area Guide

Everything you need to know about Wimbledon Village

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.

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On common ground

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.

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Golf anyone?

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.

Windmills and other historic buildings

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.

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Homes & transport links around Wimbledon Village

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.

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Outstanding schools

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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