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Wimbledon area guide

Wimbledon as an area of London has both global recognition and appeal, primarily as a result of the tennis championships, but also due to its unique position as one of the few areas in SW London to have a village feel and, in the case of Wimbledon Village, a community more akin to a Surrey village than a London suburb.

Its origins date back to a hill fort which is believed to have been constructed on Wimbledon Common during the Iron Age and there are mentions of the area in the Domesday Book. It‘s been home to many affluent and important people who have built some impressive estates over the years, including Robert Bell, Director of the East India Company, who built Eagle House, located on the high street in Wimbledon Village.

During the second half of the 19th century, the population of Wimbledon increased fifteen fold. This growth resulted in a huge increase in commercial development and Wimbledon evolved into a thriving residential district.

Access in to central London via the District Line means that commuters can easily access the City from Wimbledon and property is therefore in high demand.

Amenities

There are a host of things to do in and around Wimbledon. The Museum of Wimbledon features historic maps and information and Southside House is a 17th century manor house maintained in traditional style and crowded with objects drawn from the family who lived there for generations. There are two theatres, the most well known of which is the New Wimbledon Theatre. No local guide would be complete without a mention of Wimbledon fortnight, where thousands descend on this area to watch the tennis. Few people know however, that you can actually join the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and play on the courts. There are a multitude of gyms and fitness centres in Wimbledon. There is also a long standing equestrian connection and Wimbledon Village Stables are the oldest in England, offering hacks and lessons to locals and visitors.

Property

By far, the majority of houses in Wimbledon are beautiful Victorian villas and four and five bedroom townhouses, or rows of Victorian terraces. The most sought-after properties are the period terraces, particularly in the areas off Wimbledon Broadway, such as Ministers and South Park Gardens, although there are some new-build options too. Wimbledon Village attracts a premium price and offers an exclusive location and a village feel despite being easily accessible to central London.

Home values in SW19

Home values in SW20

Schools

Please see below links to both Merton and Wandsworth borough councils, linking to schools, both primary, secondary and independent.

http://www.merton.gov.uk/learning/schools/schoolsdirectory.htm

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/directory/4/schools_directory

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