Wimbledon Area Guide

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1470914689947{margin-bottom: 10px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1470915818435{margin-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”Wimbledon & the surrounding areas” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1470914689947{margin-bottom: 10px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_btn title=”Wimbledon Estate Agents” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Frobertholmes.co.uk%2Festate-agents%2Fwimbledon%2F|title:Wimbledon%20Estate%20Agents||”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_btn title=”Wimbledon Local Schools” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Frobertholmes.co.uk%2Festate-agents%2Fwimbledon%2Fschools-guide%2F|title:Wimbledon%20Local%20Schools||”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_btn title=”The History of Wimbledon” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Frobertholmes.co.uk%2Farea-guides%2Fwimbledon%2Fhistory%2F|title:The%20History%20of%20Wimbledon||”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1470915533204{margin-bottom: 10px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class=”content pd-l mg-t mg-b-large mg-t-none-md”][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_column_text]Sauntering down the Village high street today you could easily believe you were in a country village – with people on horseback clip-clopping their way past fine old buildings and shops towards the open spaces of the Common with 1200 acres of greenery- a mixture of heathland, copses, ponds and woodland. Yet all this is within just a few miles of the hustle and bustle of Central London. In the Village itself are the smaller fashionable boutiques, shops, restaurants, pubs, wine bars and pavement cafes, whilst Wimbledon Town, just down the hill offers not only equally excellent shopping facilities but also has a number of superstores and the Centre Court shopping mall just beside Wimbledon Station. The New Wimbledon Theatre has a year round programme of live entertainment – as does the Polka Children’s Theatre – and there are two cinemas – one being a multiplex. For the music lover Wimbledon also has its own Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][ultimate_modal modal_title=”Where is Merton?” 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”]Merton was rural until the 20th century when it became a thriving suburban area of the city and much more densely populated, with a range of commercial and industrial buildings. Industry and the development of Merton was primarily centred around the Merton Abbey complex on the banks of the River Wandle. Towards the end of the 20th century, the river became a lot less important to local industries and the area went into decline.

However, London’s gentry began to populate Merton soon after the railway reached the borough. Shops such as Elys – a well-known department store in Wimbledon’s well appointed town centre – in opened in 1876 to cater for the tastes of the new suburban residents. In 1868 the All England Croquet Club was founded in Worple Road, Wimbledon. Its name was changed in 1877 to the now world-famous All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, and it later moved to Church Road.

Trams came to Mitcham and Wimbledon in 1906 and 1907 respectively. Motorbuses picked up their first passengers from Raynes Park and dropped them off at Liverpool Street in 1914. The London Underground reached Colliers Wood, South Wimbledon and Morden by 1926. These transport improvements turned Morden from a small farming community of 1,000 in 1900 into a residential suburb of 12,618 within 30 years.

Today, Merton is mainly residential and is home to about 211,000 people, who take advantage of the borough’s wealth of green space. The borough, which includes Wimbledon and Mitcham commons within its boundaries, has five main town centres: Colliers Wood, Mitcham, Morden, Raynes Park and Wimbledon.[/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=”2125″ 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=”Wimbledon History” 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=”2126″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_column_text]The Village of Wimbledon at the top of Wimbledon Hill, where our offices are based, is just less than 10 miles from the centre of London yet, in certain respects, it feels as though it is in the heart of the country. The old medieval High Street which included the church, the Old Rectory and several pubs, wound its way from the Common to the top of Wimbledon Hill. It still retains its old world character and the handsome buildings in this charming village house a first class selection of shops, boutiques and businesses – ideal for those living in the nearby flats, apartments and houses.

There is clear archaeological evidence that Wimbledon has been inhabited since prehistoric times on the open and dry hill top of Wimbledon Common with many traces of early British people. The most important of these is Ceasar’s Camp, an Iron Age hill fort covering some seven acres on the south-west side of the Common. No relation to Julius Ceasar, of course as the camp was not so named until the beginning of the 19th Century.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][ultimate_modal modal_title=”Wimbledon History” 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 1588 Sir Thomas Cecil really put Wimbledon on the map by having the road from London improved and building a manor on a steep hill north-east of the church. The house itself was a landmark with terraces and courtyards, a great hall and a chapel. Both Queen Elizabeth I and James I were entertained here on several occasions. As such, it transformed the Village from a relative backwater into one of the social centres of Elizabethan and Stuart England bringing the area into contact with the wider world. Government officials, city merchants and the like realised that Wimbledon was the ideal country retreat yet was just a short horse ride from the City.

The coming of the railway in 1838 was the next major transformation and Wimbledon expanded rapidly with the Victorian classes building or buying large houses with generous gardens. Naturally servants, gardeners and shopkeepers were required and, in the 1850’s, well planned streets of terraced and semi-detached properties were built to house them all.

The popularity of the area grew throughout the 20th  into the 21st Century – its proximity to Central London providing a genuine meeting of Town and Country and making it an increasingly favoured residential area for those working in Central London who wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the City at evenings and weekends. As the Capital became more cosmopolitan foreign nationals working in London have also become increasingly attracted to the area and, after it became home to the All England Tennis Club and the Championships, the name “Wimbledon” became internationally known.[/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=”Education in Wimbledon” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_column_text]There are numerous excellent educational establishments in the area with a wide choice of schools, both in the State and Independent sectors – including Wimbledon and Putney High Schools for girls and Kings College School for boys. All currently occupy positions at the top end of the league tables. International Schools include the Norwegian School in Arterberry Road and The Marymount International School in George Road on the Coombe Hill Estate. This makes buying an apartment or house in Wimbledon perfect for families.

For more detailed information, please visit our Wimbledon local schools page.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_single_image image=”2128″ 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=”All work & all play too!” 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=”2127″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_column_text]We cannot talk about Wimbledon without mentioning tennis! It’s the main reason why the name “Wimbledon” is known the world over. The All England Lawn Tennis Club has become a national landmark and every June the world’s top players join battle for two weeks to sort out the best from the rest. It will also be a major venue for the 2012 Olympics.

For lesser mortals both Wimbledon and Coombe offer a wealth of sporting facilities including no less than five golf courses. The Wimbledon Club caters for those wishing to play cricket, tennis, squash and hockey and there are other health establishments in the area providing a variety of facilities. Riding stables and livery are available in Wimbledon Village.[/vc_column_text][/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=”Getting here… and there” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_column_text]There are excellent main line train services into Central London from Wimbledon Town, Raynes Park, Norbiton and Kingston and, in addition, there are District Line underground stations at Wimbledon, Wimbledon Park and Southfields with services to the West End and the City. London Transport buses provide a wide choice of routes to Central London and the A3 trunk road provides direct access to Central London and to the South of England and the M25 which connects with the Motorway network around the Capital. The area is also particularly convenient for those travellers using London’s airports at Heathrow or Gatwick. This makes the location a perfect choice for young professionals wanting to buy a house or flat.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_col-lg-6 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_single_image image=”2130″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row equal_height=”yes” bg_type=”bg_color” el_class=”pd-t-large pd-b-large”][vc_column el_class=”box border-box padding-box download-box-sm mg-b-md” offset=”vc_col-lg-4 vc_col-md-4 vc_col-xs-12″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space height=”20″ el_class=”hidden-sm hidden-xs”][vc_column_text]

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