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Children's author Elizabeth Beresford, who put Wimbledon Common on the map, could be immortalised in the borough.

Merton council have confirmed they will consider naming one of the next roads to be built in the borough after the creator of world-famous Wombles.

Ms Beresford died in Jersey last month after suffering heart failure. She was 84.

The original idea for the Wombles came when she took her children, Kate and Marcus, for a walk on Wimbledon Common.

Kate said how wonderful it was to be walking on "Wombledon Common" – which created the name of the Wombles.

The books, which spawned a hit children's TV series based on the cuddly litter-pickers in the 1970s, were re-published by Bloomsbury Publishing in November.

January 12, 2011