Nestled away nicely in the green landscapes of South West London, the Wimbledon area of the capital has swathes of history and green space and hosts a particularly famous tennis tournament every year during the summer months. It is also home to many homeowners and proprietors who have benefited hugely from London loft conversions, seeing their properties’ value rise by as much as 20%.
The London Borough of Merton, which is home to Wimbledon, is one of London’s lesser known and appreciated boroughs. However, what it may lack in worldly recognition, it certainly makes up for through occasion. With the area said to have been inhabited from the times of the Iron Age and with parts of the area constructed as far back as the year 1007AD, Wimbledon’s history is vast.
‘Wimbledon’ was first referred to and named in a charter that was signed in the year 967AD by King Edgar the Peaceful, who referred to an area named ‘Wimbedounyng.’
Wimbledon is renowned for its leafy and very well-heeled neighbourhoods. One of the most affluent and desirable areas of the capital, it has held this reputation for over 300 years. As far back as the 17th Century, Wimbledon, due to its proximity to the City of London and all the glorious capital has to offer; has attracted wealthy families and inhabitants.
The area’s town hall dates back as far as the 1930s, when it was designed by world-renowned architects Bradshaw Gass & Hope.
Today, Wimbledon is found at the southernmost end of the capital’s Northern Line on the tube network. It is partially due to the easy connections to the rest of the city, alongside the desirability, history, low crime and green spaces that the value of properties in Wimbledon is as high as it is today.
Wimbledon is home to Wimbledon FC, previously of the Barclays Premier League and notorious for falling victim to one of David Beckham’s finest, and longest distance goals in 1996.
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships though are what really put the area on the map; not just nationally, but globally. Watched by billions of spectators around the globe, the championships, started in 1877 are a mainstay of the sporting calendar and continue to bring thousands of spectators, sportspeople and fans from around the world to the gloriously green pastures of Wimbledon.