WIMBLEDON VILLAGE – A history told through its street names
The Wimbledon Society’s Museum of Wimbledon is proud to announce the publication of Neal Ransome’s new book charting Wimbledon’s unique and charming history told through the stories and reasons behind the street names of Wimbledon Village.
Price £7.99 illustrated 206 pages
Book Synopsis: Wimbledon Village has a long and illustrious modern history, beginning in 1500 when the Archbishop of Canterbury built the Old Rectory. This book weaves together that history by recounting the origins of the Village’s street names. The Village has grown from fewer than 15 streets in 1750 to over 140 today. Many of its street names document the development of the Village, referencing the manors and estates that once dominated the landscape, and the individuals who populated them. Some streets are named after Wimbledon residents of national importance, whilst others commemorate local dignitaries.
The origins of a few street names are rather more obscure. For example, the names of two streets derive from river-dwelling creatures, and a further two are named after popular novels. In explaining the origins of the Village’s street names, this book constructs a patchwork of the characters and incidents that have combined to make up the rich tapestry of Wimbledon’s past.
The Author: Neal Ransome has lived in Wimbledon since 1968. He went to King’s College School, Wimbledon and read Modern History at New College, Oxford. He was for many years a corporate finance partner at PwC and is now a non-executive director at two companies and a trustee of the RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity. He is a member of the Wimbledon Society Local History Group.
Availability: The book can be purchased from the Museum of Wimbledon, 22 Ridgway, Wimbledon SW19 4QN. Open weekends 2.30pm to 5pm or online at www.wimbledonmuseum.org.uk
Contacts: Kevin O’Neil, Publications Officer, Museum of Wimbledon
Neal Ransome, Author
Book name: Wimbledon Village: A history told through its street names
Company: Published by WSMP, owned by Wimbledon Society Ltd
Telephone: Kevin O’Neil 07778 678611, Neal Ransome 07802 782079
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Website address: www.wimbledonmuseum.org.uk