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.
10:05am Friday 28th February 2014
Heritage by The Wimbledon Society: Norman Plastow, probably Wimbledon’s most prominent heritage conservationist, is to be honoured by a change of identity for the new art exhibition gallery in Wimbledon Village.
5:00am Friday 14th February 2014
Heritage by The Wimbledon Society: Exactly a century ago in February 1914, Britain’s best known garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, was commissioned to create a big garden for a new house in Marryat Road.
7:43am Friday 7th February 2014
Heritage by the Wimbledon Society: The site of what is now Stone Lion veterinary hospital operated as the village blacksmith’s from Tudor times right up to World War 2 and the first local vet arrived around 1840.
9:07am Friday 24th January 2014
Heritage by the Wimbledon Society: Robert Hunter came up with the name ‘National Trust’, was its first chairman, and personally wrote its 1907 Act of Parliament.
5:30am Friday 17th January 2014
Heritage by The Wimbledon Society: For over half a century from 1911 until his death, Merton-born Tim Elliott (1895-1967) kept a secret daily diary.
5:00am Tuesday 31st December 2013
As Wimbledon schools face the prospect of growing class numbers in the near future, a unique landmark beside the Common recalls how far back the question of local education really goes. The two-storey octagonal building in Camp Road first opened for lessons exactly 254 years ago this week on 31 December 1759. Known as the Wimbledon Charity School, it was the brainchild of Rev John Cooksey (1707-1777), vicar at St Mary’s, who had worked for three years to get it off the ground as a means of teaching poor children to read the Bible and learn basic writing skills.