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ISBN: 9780857041302
AUTHOR: Beata Moore
Portrait of Wimbledon
Portrait of Wimbledon
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Wimbledon has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The oldest remains in the area are of the Iron Age hill fort, but only in the sixteenth century did Wimbledon grow in size and importance. The arrival of railways to this rural area made it a desirable location for businesses and residents.

The charming village of Wimbledon is characterised by elegant buildings, exquisite boutiques, top class restaurants and old pubs. Wimbledon town, unlike the village, is a busy place with a huge shopping centre called “Centre Court”, cinemas, and the New Wimbledon Theatre built in 1910, staging many West End productions. Wimbledon Common, a vast woodland and heathland area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an Area of Conservation. This unfenced area is abundant in wildlife, plants and trees. It is used for recreation by walkers, golfers and horse riders. On the edge of the Common there are two broad ponds, Kingsmere and Rushmere and in the centre, a well known symbol of Wimbledon – a Windmill constructed in 1817, now housing a museum.

Wimbledon however is most famous for its Tennis Tournament. The All England Lawn Tennis Championships take place every June. Originally an amateur event, this oldest and most prestigious tournament in the world is played on grass and players are required to wear white. Wimbledon Tennis Club was the venue for the tennis competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Wimbledon is also a home to many other attractions, like Southside House, built in William and Mary style with a fabulous collection of art, the Sacred Heart Gothic style church famous for its monumental size, St Mary’s church with the remains of a medieval chancel, exotic Buddhapadipa Buddhist Temple and many parks, among them the lovely Cannizaro Park with many several hundred years old trees, ornamental landscaped gardens and splendid Georgian mansion.

Featuring over 150 superlative images and text reflecting this extraordinary diversity, renowned photographer Beata Moore’s latest collection captures the essence of Wimbledon, its historic legacy and its vibrant present.

Beata Moore has been passionate about photography since the age of twelve when she received her first camera. Initially interested in recording nature – she has a postgraduate degree in botany – as time progressed, she widened her interests and now equally enjoys taking pictures of landscapes and architecture. Beata’s previous books are: Cracow – city of treasures, A year in the life of the New Forest, The Square Mile, A year in the life of the Cotswolds and The Channel Islands. Her photographs have been published in magazines and books and her work has been exhibited at galleries in London and across the UK. She lives in New Malden, Surrey.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 130 2, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published September 2012.

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