The usual summer buzz in Wimbledon will be doubled this year when both the tennis Championship and the Olympics come to this leafy London suburb. Wimbledon is made up of 'The Village' and the Town Centre which date from different periods. The village originated in medieval times and then grew when large mansions where built for wealthy and titled people in the 18th Century. The area developed further in the 19th Century with large suburban homes built for London businessmen and smaller cottages on the hill for their staff.  Good travel links were established with the arrival of the Stagecoach run from London to Portsmouth; the Dog and Fox pub was a stopping point on the way with stabling for horses at the rear - now the Wimbledon Village Stables.

Arts and Craft Wimbledon

The town centre down the hill from the village developed following the construction of the railway and the suburban growth of the two areas joined around the end of the 1800's. The mixture of design influences over the centuries can be seen around the town with beautiful Georgian and Victorian houses and some lovely Arts and Craft houses to the east of the village. With the open spaces and facilities it is a desirable place for families to live.

Wimbledon Common

Contemporary architecture sits alongside the period buildings with some impressive additions to the area including the Garden Hall to St Mary's Church designed by architect Terry Pawson (shown below). Other new houses and commercial buildings have altered the fabric of the town.  The shopping centre, constructed in the '70s, was part of a major redevelopment of the town and although it provides a lively centre to the town the loss of the old town hall is still missed as a gathering place for public events.

Contemporary buildings in Wimbledon