Wimbledon is a town in the south
west of London, approximately 9 miles from
The town has an approximate population of 84,000 people.
Running from late June to early
July, the annual ‘Wimbledon Championships’ known just as ‘Wimbledon’, is the
oldest tennis tournament in the world. It has been held at the All England Club
in Wimbledon since 1877. It is one of the four
Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French
Open (Roland Garros) and the US Open.
Wimbledon is also
well known for its shopping. With the most popular mall being Centre Court
(another tennis connection). Wimbledon boasts
many popular high street stores and smaller independent shops. There are also a
lot of Wimbledon tennis merchandise stores
throughout the town.
Wimbledon Common is protected by
the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act of 1871
from being enclosed or built upon. The common is protected for the benefit of
the general public and for the preservation of natural flora and fauna. It is
the largest expanse of heathland in the London
area and most of the Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest as well as
being a Special Area of Conservation under the EC Habitats Directive.
Famous past and present residents
of Wimbledon include British actor Martin Clunes who was born and grew up in
Wimbledon, attending the Royal Russell School
and the Arts Education School.
Other famous residents include Andrew Rye (writer), Daniel Pinder (musician)
and Chris Whitten (composer).
located south of Wandsworth (3 miles), west of Mitcham (2 miles) and north of
Sutton (5 miles).