Sophie For Your Wimbledon Dog Walking
Welcome to the Wimbledon Branch of 1st 4 London Pet Sitting. As well as covering the Wimbledon area, our services are available for residents in nearby Roehampton, Merton, Putney, Barnes, East Sheen and parts of Morden, Mitcham and Richmond.
I also do dog boarding in my home and pet and cat sitting
For more information, please contact Sophie
Wimbledon is one of the 35 major centres of Greater London. Whilst reknowned for hosting the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, it is a great place for dog owners. It is only seven miles to the South West of central London and it is easily accessible by tube, train and bus.
London dog walkers love the dog walks available on Wimbledon Common which comprises over 1,100 acres (460 hectares) of countryside which is split between Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common. The majority of the area is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Wimbledon Common consists of scrubland, woodland, heath land and managed recreation areas with nine ponds. You can see a wide variety of animal, bird and plant life. The whole area is open to the public 24 hours a day as the area is unfenced.
There is also nearby Wimbledon Park for dog walks, the second largest park in Merton. It also gives its name to Wimbledon Park tube station which is close to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
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"Steve & Denise provided us an excellent pet-sitting service for our two baby turtles. Having them made our travel planning much less stressful and we could rest assured that the turtles were very well looked after. I do highly recommend them."
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Wimbledon Park is a hidden jewel and was formed in the last ice age, but the valley was transformed in the 18th century by Capability Brown, the most famous of all English landscape architects. Wimbledon Park has as neighbours Cannizaro Park and Morden Hall Park which are also included on English Heritage’s list.
Wimbledon’s recorded history dates back to 967 when it was mentioned in a charter singed by the then King Eldgar. Wimbledon’s name originated from “Wynnman’s hill”, hill being the old English dun. Wimbledon was inhabited from the Iron Age when a hill fort was constructed. This developed over time in the area at the top of the hill by the common, which is known as the village.
By the time of the Domesday Book, Wimbledon was owned by the manor of Mortlake. Wimbledon has had a chequered ownership with famous owners such as the Church, Thomas Arundel the Archbishop of Canterbury, who lost it when Richard II whom he supported was exiled to the Crown. Then King Henry VIII gave it briefly to Earl of Essex, Thomas Cromwell, until 1540 when Crowell was executed. The manor was then given by Henry VIII's to his last wife and widow Catherine Parr until her death in 1548, when it came back to the crown.
Due to Wimbledon's convenient proximity to the capital, the 17th century saw many wealthy families move to the area. The Manor was bought by Charles I in 1638 for his Queen, Henrietta Maria. It passed out of her hands temporarily following the King’s execution until the restoration of the monarchy.
The Dowager Queen sold the Manor in 1661 and it was owned by the Lord High Treasurer and Janseen, a director of the Sout Sea Company, prior to its spectacular crash. Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, acquired and improved the Manor House. When she died in 1744, the property went to her grandson, John Spencer, who became the first Earl Spencer.
During this period, the village continued to expand, especially following the introduction in the 18th century of stagecoach services from the Dog and Fox public house to London.
The 19th century saw further increases in its population which grew from 1500 to 2,500 in 1850 and 40,000 by the end of the century.
The real growth took place in 1838 with the London and South Western Railway station opening. This also moved the centre of Wimbledon to the bottom of Wimbledon hill, away from the old village.
In 1871, Wimbledon Common was established for its conservation. Further transport links supported growth with the Metropolitan District Line in 1889 that became the Underground’s District Line. This resulted in a large number terraced houses and villas built out towards neighbouring Putney, Merton Park and Raynes Park.
The development of facilities in Wimbledon was enforced when it became a small town in 1894, a municipal borough in 1905 and the Town hall was built in 1931. Wimbledon today is dynamic with its nearness to London and great facilities resulting in some of the most valuable housing in the Greater London area.
As well as Tennis, Wimbledon has had greyhound racing, Speedway and Stock car racing taking place at Wimbledon Stadium.
For those who want more exercise than walking the dog, there is Wimbledon running club called the Windmilers.
Wimbledon is the sixth site for the Martian invasion in The War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells and the home to the children’s book ‘The Wombles of Wimbledon’.
As a popular area of London, many famous people have lived in Wimbledon, including:
A number of scientists for example the discoverer of Helium and astronomer Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer and Thomas Ralph Merton, the physicist.
The famous actor Oliver Reed and actress Margaret Rutherford.
Famous sportsmen include James Hunt, the 1976 Formula 1 World Champion, and Vinnie Jones, the footballer who moved into acting.
Politicians include William Wilberforce, the 19th century anti-slavery campaigner, Haile Selassie I of Ethiopa during his exile and Charles Watson-Wentworth who was twice Prime Minister. Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson’s estate was at nearby Merton Place.
Wimbledon is convenient for Merton Park, Merton, Morden, Raynes Park, Kingston upon Thames, Tooting, Roehampton, Putney, Mitcham, Wandsworth and Southfields.
To know more about the Wimbledon dog walking possibilities, contact Sophie directly