Wimbledon is a well established suburb which has rather grandeur properties on Wimbledon Hill and descends down the hill through the town and out in a southerly direction to South Wimbledon which shares its boundaries with Colliers Wood.
Wimbledon came to prominence in the sixteenth century when Sir Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, settled here after being granted land by Elizabeth I. Known as the 'Maker of Wimbledon,' Cecil improved the road to London and built Wimbledon Manor House, where Kings and Queens were later to stay as guests. The arrival of the railway in Wimbledon in 1838 had a further impact on the area which led to a steady increase in residential accommodation.
Substantial homes for the professional middle classes came first, terraced accommodation for working class population later, and the town developed accordingly with shops and businesses to service the new population. By the early twentieth century Wimbledon was taking shape as the bustling and up market residential suburb which it is today.
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