Wimbledon Guardian: Wimbledon Guardian heritage section with the Wimbledon Society

Established in 1903, The Wimbledon Society is a registered charity which aims to enhance and protect the amenities of Wimbledon for present and future generations. Its priorities are to preserve, protect and improve features of historical interest as well as local natural beauty, wildlife, woods and open spaces, and to promote high standards of planning and architecture throughout the area.

It is now working with the Wimbledon Guardian to ensure that you, the readers, can share the fascinating discoveries that continue to emerge about our local heritage.

For more information visit www.wimbledonsociety.org.uk and www.wimbledonmuseum.org.uk.


What really caused the birth of Wimbledon town

Wimbledon Guardian:

8:31pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Local historian Kirk Bannister, 31, has won first prize in the new biennial competition, the Richard Milward Memorial Prize for Local History. Awarded by the Wimbledon Society for best essay bringing new insight into a familiar subject, his 2000-word study followed original research on New Wimbledon: the growth of a Victorian suburb 1851 - l891.

New book reveals story of Chester House

Wimbledon Guardian:

7:20am Monday 29th September 2014

Once considered a hotbed of sedition, later the hiding place of priceless treasures from India, Chester House, Wimbledon's third oldest building, has a wealth of stories to tell. Now for the first time, the new book "Chester House - Atmosphere of a Past Age" tells all about this 17th century landmark beside the Common.

The thimble that saved thousands of servicemen

Wimbledon Guardian:

5:00am Friday 1st August 2014

Heritage by The Wimbledon SocietyIn the final part of our series looking at Wimbledon's role in the First World War, we remember how a Wimbledon woman's simple idea quickly captured hearts and minds across the world.

The Specials who kept calm and carried on regardless

Wimbledon Guardian:

5:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Heritage by The Wimbledon Society: In the third part of our World War 1 centenary series, we remember the volunteers to helped the ordinary police maintain order in Wimbledon following the start of the war.

The "Terriers" of Wimbledon fought for the British Empire

Wimbledon Guardian:

5:00am Friday 18th July 2014

Heritage by The Wimbledon Society: When World War One started on 4 August 1914 Wimbledon’s own battalion of army reservists - the 5th Battalion East Surrey Regiment - was way below strength.

Wimbledon led Britain in welcoming Belgian refugees

Wimbledon Guardian:

5:00am Friday 11th July 2014

Heritage by the Wimbledon Society: In the second part of our five part series marking 100 years since the Great WAr, we look at how two Wimbledon residents launched a support initiative to help Belgian refugees that was to inspire similar actions throughout the country.

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