Area Guide and History of Wimbledon
Wimbledon is one of South West London’s most desirable locations to live in. Its vibrant, buzzy town Centre with restaurants, pubs and wine bars is known the world over, not just for its tennis championships.
Wimbledon is situated within one of the greenest London Boroughs and by far the largest open space is Wimbledon Common. Wimbledon transport facilities are excellent with the District Line Underground Station, the British Rail Station, which takes approximately 17 minutes to Waterloo, the Tramlink to Croydon, Wimbledon Chase British Rail and the Northern Line underground station at South Wimbledon.
Wimbledon has the benefit of the beautiful Wimbledon Theatre on the Broadway and the famous children’s Polka Dot Theatre. Many of the world’s major brands are represented on the high street as well as department stores such as Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Elys, Waitrose, Morrison’s, not forgetting individual boutique type stores.
Wimbledon common is rich in history. The common was previously used for rifle shooting before it moved to Bisley; the home of William Wilberforce who succeeded in abolishing slavery in Britain’s overseas possessions, and also for its Windmill which was working until 1864. Wimbledon was the home of Lord Nelson when he was with Lady Hamilton and numerous roads in the area are named after him and his battles, such as Hardy Rd, Nelson Rd, Victory Rd and Trafalgar Rd.
There are several notable conservation areas in the district. South Park Gardens Conservation Area has many fine Victorian and Edwardian houses. The conservation area takes its name from the small park which its roads are set around. Roads in the South Park Garden Conservation Area are South Park Rd, Florence Rd, Clarence Rd, Effra Rd, Kings Rd, Dudley Rd and Princess Road to name but a few.
Near Wimbledon station is the John Innes Wilton Crescent Conservation Area, the northern part of his development centred on Merton Park. Other conservation roads in this area include Quinton, Richmond and Chatsworth Avenues.
Other well known areas in Wimbledon are the Poets Roads, named after celebrated writers such as Milton Rd, Dryden Rd, Garfield Rd and Wilfred Owen Close.
A very desirable location close to the town centre is a group of roads known as the Ministers. These roads are named after ministers and prime ministers of Great Briton, such as Gladstone Road, Pelham Road, Griffiths Road, Balfour Road, and Palmerston Road. They are a mixture of Victorian and late Georgian style properties.
Wimbledon has great schools including the famous Kings College School, Donhead School, Wimbledon High School for Girls, Wimbledon College for Boys, The Ursuline Convent, The priory School, Holy Trinity School, Garfield School and Pelham School.
It’s a very popular place to bring up a family and Wimbledon has proved to be one of London’s best areas to invest in.