Buying a home in Wimbledon Village
Ashworths are ideally placed for buying your new home in Wimbledon Village, and if you are new to the area we are pleased to share a few tips and interesting facts about the area.
Although there are 50 other weeks, for two weeks each year the eyes of the world are focussed on the green courts of The Lawn Tennis Association. Yes, Wimbledon to many people means tennis. Wimbledon’s heritage dates back to the Iron Age, and the remains of London’s secondary largest hill fort are visible on Wimbledon Common. The presence of properties dating from the 16th century with Royal links and the 19th century windmill give a real sense of history and splendour. The abundance of open space attracts many to settle in this area given the proximity to central London.
- The introduction in the 18th century of stagecoach services from the Dog and Fox public house made the journey to London routine, although not without the risk of being held-up by highwaymen. The stagecoach horses would be stabled at the rear of the pub in the now named ‘Wimbledon Village Stables’.
- Elisabeth Beresford was inspired by Wimbledon Common to write a series of children’s novels about the Wombles – the pointy-nosed creatures whose motto is, “Making good use of bad rubbish”.
- Wimbledon Common is the largest stretch of common land in London.
- Ernst Boris Chain joint winner of the 1945 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of penicillin lived at 9 North View, Wimbledon Common.
Properties in Wimbledon Village
Wimbledon Village is centred on the high street that was part of the original medieval village and is a prime residential area ofLondon commanding high prices. Wimbledon Village has a rich history involving royalty and the wealthy and the architecture found here reflects this legacy. The village expanded in the 18th century around the stagecoach route. The Dog & Fox inn and surrounding streets look much the same now as they did then. In the area around Ridgway there are cottages also dating back to the early Georgian period, while you will also find ‘model’ cottages built by prominent Victorian architect Samuel Teulon.
Magnificent mansions and prime family homes, can be found in the streets close to Wimbledon Common, such as Parkside, The Grange, Murray Road, Marryat Road and Highbury Road.
Residents of the Village are spoiled for choice when it comes to venues to eat and drink. The Rose and Crown dates back to the 16th century and provides a reasonably priced bar menu and is considered by many to be the best pub in the Village. Across the road is the famous and highly rated Dog and Fox, a haunt of celebrities and professionals. A few minutes walk across the Common is rewarded with a visit to The Crooked Billet and The Hand in Hand.
The Light House on Ridgway is renowned for its high-end menu, the White Onion has gained a reputation for contemporary French food and, of course, the Ivy Cafe is a new arrival to the Village. As well as independents the Village benefits from a number of premium chains.
Wimbledon Village and the surrounding area have an impressive selection of schools. There are an above average number of independent schools here, including the Norwegian School and the renowned King’s College School for boys from seven to 18 and offers a co-ed sixth form. Wimbledon High School is an option for both primary and secondary age girls.