Welcome to the Wimbledon Common West Residents' Association Website.
The WCWRA represents the views of local residents in the West Wimbledon area - including Beech Close, Camp Road, CampView, Cedar Park, Chester Road, Eversley Park, Hanford Row, Kinsella Gardens, Lordell Place, North View, Sycamore Road , West Place and Westside Common.
The WCWRA is run by a committee of local residents which meets quarterly to discuss issues affecting the area. WCWRA members are encouraged to contact the committee to get items added to the committee meeting agenda. There is an annual meeting to which all residents are invited.
The association has 3 aims :
A) To create a sense of community
B) To serve and protect the interests of the residents by keeping them informed about potential changes and threats to the local area
C) To preserve and improve the character and amenities of a unique area of London on the edge of Wimbledon Common, a Site of Special Scientific Interest
The Committee members are as follows :
Chairman : Clive Hilton
Secretary : Hugh Rance
Treasurer : Caroline Hilton
Committee Members : Bryan Barkes, Andrew Durant, Anna Hatchard, Robert Holmes, Colin Price, Juliet Willis
The area across the Common to the west of Wimbledon Village Green has a proud history of individualism. Up until the end of the nineteenth century it was a self-contained hamlet. It consisted of five large houses with substantial grounds, a farm, two laundries, a timber yard, a shop and a group of workers cottages. It also had two pubs, a small primary and secondary school and some almshouses.
In 1871 the farsighted MP for Wimbledon, Henry Peek, sponsored an Act of Parliament to preserve the Common as open land. This prevented any further development beyond the boundaries of West Side, West Place, North View and Camp View and limited building along the lower reaches of Camp Road to private land on the south side of the road.
The resulting enclave was an area almost unknown outside the Village and Parkside areas of Wimbledon. It tended to attract as residents individualists of one sort or another. Amongst others in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century were a campaigning feminist, an anti-vivisectionist and a theosophist group.
By the nineteen fifties and sixties, with the larger Victorian houses of North and Camp View turned into flats, the area had taken on a slightly bohemian air. It was a very mixed community. There were, amongst others, four actors, two artists, a poet, two cinematographers (one an Oscar winner), two lawyers, two journalists, a television producer, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, an architect, a chartered surveyor, an engineer, an accountant and a senior civil servant. And finally there was a somewhat unconventional industrialist and long-time doughty fighter of any threat to the area who became, in effect, the founder of the Wimbledon Common West Residents Association.
His name was Tom Springer.