Curator's choice - Press cuttings



theatreThe imminent return of the angel to the dome of Wimbledon Theatre, in October 1991, fifty years after its departure in the war, was a triumph. The nine feet high gold coloured angel was a crowning glory to a much-loved landmark building. The cutting is from ‘The Informer’, one of a number of small newspapers which served the area.

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personalitiesThe ‘Wimbledon News’ for 30th July 1982. ‘A Century Of Change’ shows a picture of Douglas and Beatrice Norman-Smith, outside their coach house and refers to their work as historical researchers and the pending publication of their book on The Grange.

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Cannizaro House

cannizaro houseFrom a local paper for 15th February 1980. The Cannizaro House controversy, where the John Evelyn Society dream was to have an Arts Centre, but the Council had different ideas for the former old people’s home, which eventually became a luxury hotel.

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Wimbledon town centre

town centre‘New Town Centre’ from the ‘South Londoner’, 28th July 1971. Controversial plans eventually led to the transformation of Wimbledon; with the demolition of the Civic Hall which has never been replaced, over thirty years on, and the conversion of our Town Hall into a Tesco’s, part of Centre Court.

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The Village

the villageWimbledon as seen by outsiders in this lengthy article by Prudence Leith-Ross, from ‘Surrey – The County Magazine’, in 1972.

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