Founded in 1903, The Wimbledon Society is committed to protecting all those local amenities which contribute to our quality of life.
Community facilities and the built environment of open spaces, parks and buildings form a fundamental part of our lives. The Society has played a key role in the enhancement and protection of these vital facilities since its inception.
Civic Societies provide an army of volunteers from their ranks of members, who bring time, skills and commitment in seeking the preservation of the best of our heritage for now and for the future. Societies such as ours form a truly independent body of opinion acting entirely for the community benefit and, importantly for today, are free of political or commercial influence.
This homepage links to other main pages. We hope our site will provide you with all the information you may seek about Wimbledon and the Society. Most of all, we hope that, if you feel about our Town as we do, you will join the Society and help us to continue to provide a strong and effective voice in the community.
The Wimbledon Society is a Registered Charity, no 269478.
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We need you!
The Society keeps up its active programme of events with the assistance provided by an army of willing volunteers. We are always looking for more members to come forward and take an active part in promoting the success of the Society. In particular, we are looking to fill a number of key roles at the moment. These are a secretary for our planning committee, an administration manager for our award-winning Museum, and a publications officer to manage the range of material we publish and sell. If any of these roles interests you, please click on the links, where you will find a role description.
Playing with Fire
Playing with Fire: The story of shooting on Wimbledon Common opened at the Norman Plastow Gallery on Saturday 17 January 2015. Running until Sunday 12 April 2015, it is open every Saturday and Sunday from 2.30–5.00pm and on Wednesdays from 11.30am–2.30pm.
Duels were fought on the Common much earlier but in 1860, Earl Spencer, Lord of the Manor and a founder of the National Rifle Association, offered it for the NRA’s inaugural meeting. First opened by Queen Victoria, the event became popular in the social calendar.
Together with shooting competitions, there were extra sporting events and musical entertainments.The meetings grew in size and scope until, by the late 1870s, there were nearly 2500 entrants for the Queen’s Prize. The NRA flourished at Wimbledon for nearly 30 years before moving to Bisley in 1890, the end of an era.
A Trip to Flanders
A trip to Flanders has been organised by the Wimbledon National Trust. This 6-day coach trip which will depart on 17 September 2105, and includes tours of Bruges and Brussels. More information can be seen by clicking on the link below.
Richard Milward Local History Prize
This new biennial prize commemorates the work of Wimbledon’s notable historian Richard Milward (1924-2006). The first award was made by The Wimbledon Society during Bookfest October 2014 for an article or essay with a local historical connection. On 6 October 2014, the Society hosted the event at Cannizaro Hotel, when Professor Richard Tait gave a talk and judged the Prize. Prizes were awarded as follows.
First Prize Kirk Bannister for
New Wimbledon - A story of suburban growth and metropolitan expansion l851 - l891
The area under study is that laid out in the 1891 Census commencing with No.1 the Broadway continuing along the right hand side of such Broadway and Merton Road to its Junction with Kingston Road and the north side of such to Hartfield Road and along the east side of thereof to its Terminator at the Prince of Wales Hotel including all the roads alleys and dwellings within this area Fig.1 Modern OS Map (Source: Ordnance Survey 2005)
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Second Prize Glenys Taylor for
Keeping Up with the Joneses - The history of St John's Cottage (7 & 7A Copse Hill) 1858 to l950s
A record of characters of public note active in manufacturing, and also in the sport of tennis and the academic subject of phonetics both of which were new arrivals on the scene emerging towards the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th Century.
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Local events diary
Useful quarterly listing of local events
Our Museum has a rich collection of material, and we do not have enough display space to show many interesting items. Storage of these items, and of a range of other Society material - eg, display panels, books, leaflets - has been a concern we have now addressed. We are pleased to announce a new agreement with Big Yellow Storage Company, New Malden, which has offered us a generous deal. This will allow us to create secure off-site storage for a wide range of our materials, and free up prime space in the Museum. More information on Big Yellow's storage facilities can be found by clicking on their logo shown below.