Our researchers at Wimbledon Flats have trawled through the public records to identify some of the most famous Wimbledon residents from then and now. Perhaps the most notable permanent resident was Horatio Nelson who owned a substantial estate in the Merton area that now encompasses the area between South Wimbledon and Wimbledon Chase. Landmark references abound including the Nelson Hospital and the Emma Hamilton pub. Sadly nothing remains architecturally from this period. Although he never lived as such in Wimbledon, Winston Churchill was a frequent visitor to Wimbledon during World War 2 and often spent the week-end on Warren Farm as the guest of Lord Russell of Liverpool. 

 

Another very notable visitor to Wimbledon was Queen Elizabeth 1 who made at least four trips to visit Thomas Cecil in his manor house during the 1590s. Sadly that house no longer exists but was a magnificent construct.

 

Wimbledon has long been associated with the stage and screen. Just some of the many celebrities who have lived here include Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly), Roy Orbison singer (1960s singer and Travelling Willburys) , Windsor Davis (It Ain’t Half Hot Mum ), Jamie T (singer), Dirty Den (East Enders), Reg Varney (On the Buses), Richard Briers (The Good Life), June Whitfield and Margaret Rutherford (Agatha Christie movies). The biggest star to live in Wimbledon is Oliver Reed who lived here for many years. His filmography included Gladiator (his last movie), Castaway, Tommy, The Four Musketeers and Ken Russell’s The Devils. The biggest star of the moment to have lived in Wimbledon is Ben Barnes who was educated at Kings College School Wimbledon and has since featured in several movies including The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Stardust. He has also appeared in the television series Doctors and is currently shooting a film with Matt Damon. In 2010 he is due to film the next Narnia movie entitled The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Wimbledon hasn’t so far attracted the A list of sporting heroes but ones we can lay claim to include Vinnie Jones, the totem of Wimbledon football during the 90s who lived here before he relocated to Essex. James Hunt, F1 world champion was a frequent sight in the village before his untimely death. Other names include Roger Taylor, GB’s best male tennis player in the 70s who made it to the Wimbledon semi finals in ’73 and Danny Cipriani, the rugby union star currently of England and Wasps, who lived until recently in Raynes Park.

1. William Wilberforce - anti-slavery campaigner

2. Vinnie Jones - footballer and actor

3. Dirty Den - East Enders star

4. Sir Winston Churchill - regular visitor

5. James Hunt - 1976 Formula 1 world champion

6. Ben Barnes - actor in Chronicles of Narnia

7  Robert Graves - poet

8. Lord Horatio Nelson - the perfect neighbour

9. Raymond Biggs - cartoonist

10.Jamie T - singer/songwriter

11. Pete Tong – BBC Radio 1 DJ

12 Hugh Dowding - commander of RAF Fighter Command during Battle of Britain

13. Lord Baden-Powell – founder of the Boy Scout movement

14. The Pope – stays on Parkside when visiting

15. Zeev Aram - From the Aram stores

16. Buster Motram – British tennis player of 70s of some political renown

17. Martin Clunes – star of Men Behaving Badly

18. Khalid Abdalla – actor from Spooks, United 93

19. Mark Urban – BBC diplomatic correspondent

20. Thomas Cecil – 16th century adviser to Elizabeth 1st

21. Elizabeth 1 – visited Wimbledon four times in the 1590s

 

 

This entry was posted on Friday, January 30th, 2009 at 10:17 pm.
Categories: About Wimbledon.

One Comment, Comment or Ping

  1. Martyn

    This article seems a little half-hearted.

    When you refer to there being no current sports stars living in wimbledon, I take it that this doesn’t refer to the village? As it is well documented that many Tennis players (including Boris Becker) live there, along with many of the Chelsea and Fulham football players.

    (Michael Ballack was recently in the Times talking about his love of London and in particular - Wimbledon, pictured sat outside Roots grocery in the village)

    I also know of a ex-England rugby players who lives in South Wimbledon and has done so for years.

    More research needed next time!

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