New pocket-sized guide produced
A handy pocket-sized heritage map of Wimbledon has been produced to help visitors and residents find their way to places of historic, architectural and cultural interest.
The map, put together by the Wimbledon Society and Merton Council, also shows the route of the Wimbledon Way guiding visitors to the tennis club from the station.
It lists 178 sites across Wimbledon including Wimbledon Library and the grade II listed gothic-style bank building in Wimbledon High Street, both built in 1887.
Also featured is the English Heritage grade II Eagle House built in 1613, restored in 1887 and St Mary's Church, the grade II listed gem of a country church dating from the 14th century situated in Merton Park .
The map shows Wimbledon's large expanses of parkland including Wimbledon Park near the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Chairman of the Wimbledon Society Iain Simpson said: "This is certain to be a really useful leaflet both for residents of Wimbledon and visitors who are interested in our rich local heritage.
"As well as a map, it has notes on over 170 buildings and places of interest written by the council's conservation officers with help from both the Museum and Planning Committees of the Wimbledon Society. We have also funded the printing of 5,000 copies as a contribution to the official Civic Day on June 25."
Merton Council cabinet member for community and culture Martin Whelton said: "With Wimbledon seeing tens of thousands of extra visitors during the tennis championships, we hope that the new map will allow both visitors and local residents to explore Wimbledon ’s wealth of sites of historical and cultural interest.
"We are lucky to have so many beautiful parks including Cannizaro and Wimbledon Park alongside a huge diversity of historic buildings which tell Wimbledon ’s story over the decades."
Copies are available free of charge at the Museum of Wimbledon in Ridgway, the Windmill Museum, local libraries and the tourist information desk in Centre Court Shopping Centre.
June 23, 2011