VINTAGE WIMBLEDON

Wimbledon is rich in history, a leafy London suburb and home to the Tennis Championship. Wimbledon is made up of two distinct areas, the Village and the Town Centre. The Village, on the edge of beautiful common land, originated in medieval times and grew through the 18th Century when wealthy and titled people found it an attractive location to settle in. The Town Centre is located down the hill and developed later in the 19th century following the construction of the railway.


The mix of design influences over the centuries can be seen around the town by following our suggested walks. There are beautiful Georgian and Victorian houses and also note worthy Arts and Craft style housing to the east of the village on the walk down to Wimbledon Park.  Contemporary architecture sits alongside the period buildings with some impressive additions to the area including the Garden Hall to St Mary's Church, which sits at the top of Church Road that leads you down to the All England Tennis Club.

Explore the history of the tennis Championships in the Wimbledon Museum which has great memorabilia and a 200 degree cinema experience relating the history of tennis from a garden party pastime to a professional, world-wide sport. The Museum is open all year round and there are guided behind-the-scenes tours of the grounds by Blue Badge Guides which must be booked in advance at www.wimbledon.com




Tennis memorabilia has been collected over the years and reproductions of posters and other original items are available from many sources. We love the range of  London Transport posters circa 1930 available from www.art.co.uk and the mugs from the LT Museum Shop


Tennis Collectables is a great online shop based in England stocking a wide range of Lawn Tennis Memorabilia from old tournament programmes to signed items and original Christy's famous Wimbledon towels made especially for each year of the Championships. Another item we like is this delicate vintage silk scarf with a Wimbledon theme is available from Wonderful Stuff a website dedicated to quality vintage scarves. 
With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics coming this year the quality gift market is strong from the Love London items created from Barbara Chandler's photographs to Mini Moderns new range of London themed mugs shown below. The boxes themselves are beautifully designed and they make a great gift to take home. Also have a look at their Festival of Britain collection which are particularly fine - derived from the original designs for the furnishing of the Festival Hall and other memorabilia that the designers had collected over the years and had a major influence on them.