Wimbledon is often described as one of London’s most perfect villages, full of beautiful shops, prime period properties and outdoor spaces. It’s no surprise, therefore, that this part of south-west London attracts discerning buyers who are looking for beautiful houses and flats in a ‘village-like’ atmosphere, with excellent facilities, transport links and bustling pubs, wine bars and restaurants.
As well as this, SW19 also has an intriguing story behind it, interwoven throughout the history books. The area is known for being the birthplace of writer Raymond Briggs and actors Martin Clunes and Oliver Reed, but long before they – or even the Wombles – made Wimbledon their home ancient Greeks and Romans settled here. In fact, evidence exists that during this period there was a full-on iron fortress built on what we now call Wimbledon Common.
The original nucleus of Wimbledon was at the top of the hill where “the Village” can be found today. However, a charter signed by King Edgar the Peaceful in 967 refers to this area as “Wimbedounyng”. In Anglo-Saxon times, Wimbledon was known as “Wynnman’s hill”. Wynmann was a local landowner, while the “don” part of the area’s modern-day name derives from “dun” – the old English word for hill.