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Brief description of site

The 18th-century landscape park originally covered some 480 hectares. This land is now in divided use. There is a golf course, tennis grounds, cricket ground, and a public park with a lake. The lake is a survivor from the earlier landscape and is one of the largest in London. The park opened to the public in about 1914.

Brief history of site

The original Wimbledon House was built in the 16th century. The formal gardens beside the 17th century house were designed by Andre Mollet, John Evelyn advised in the later part of 17th century, and Charles Bridgeman was consulted in 1731-1732. A new house was built in 1733. From 1765 Lancelot Brown was commissioned to landscape the park. Between 1799 and 1802 the house was rebuilt. During the 1870s much of the park was sold for housing development, and the house was demolished in 1949. The northern part of the park was bought by the then Borough of Wimbledon in 1914 and made into a public open space. At about the same time a private golf course was laid out.

Location information:

Address: Wimbledon Park, Home Park Road, Wimbledon, SW19 7HX

Locality: Greater London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Merton; Wimbledon Park

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ247724
Latitude: 51.4369 Longitude: -0.207354

Directions:

The park can be accessed from the Wimbledon Park Road.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal park for general public use. It is open from 8am - dusk (weekdays); 9am - dusk (weekends/Bank Holidays).

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 60

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