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.


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.

When Wimbledon crowds clamoured to fight for King and country

Wimbledon Guardian:

9:14am Friday 4th July 2014

Heritage by the Wimbledon Society: Wimbledon became a major recruiting centre for the Army. At that stage there was no compulsory call-up - simply a seemingly endless line of volunteers eager to do their bit.

Less than half Nelson?

Wimbledon Guardian: Merton Place in 1803 when Lord Nelson lived there with Emma Hamilton

4:30am Friday 13th June 2014

Britain’s greatest naval hero, Admiral Lord Nelson, was undoubtedly Merton’s most famous resident in his last years, living with Lady Hamilton at Merton Place near the site of today’s South Wimbledon tube station.

It was cricket, not tennis, that first made Wimbledon's reputation

Wimbledon Guardian:

5:00am Friday 23rd May 2014

Heritage by The Wimbledon Society: Thomas Devas and two friends named Holroyd and Oliphant founded one of Wimbledon’s first ever sports clubs in order to stage cricket matches.

When Wimbledon produced fine red wine and tulips

Wimbledon Guardian:

5:00am Friday 9th May 2014

Heritage by The Wimbledon Society: Wimbledon was once famous for its local wine and horticulture especially tulips.

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