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Wimbledon Common

I’ve recently been commissioned to photograph Wimbledon Common for their new website, shortly to be launched. I had never been before and was impressed both by how country-like (or unparklike) it is and the passion shown for it by the local residents. The common was once owned by an Earl Spencer who gave it up for an annuity of £1,200 (quite a lot in 1871) paid by local residents. Those within a 3/4 mile now pay a levy via their council tax and vote elect conservators to oversee the management – a subject about which everyone has strong opinions.

There is a long time military connection with the common and some ex-servicemen become Wimbledon Common keepers – mounted security guards who keep an eye out for bye-law breakers and chase them down if necessary. Apparently the local police will contact the keepers if criminals flee to the Common and they usually catch them due to their superior knowledge of the terrain.

Photo of mounted warden on Wimbledon Common

Child walking along path on Wimbledon Common