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Elizabethan & Jacobean

1550 marked a major landmark in the history of Wimbledon when William Cecil, Secretary of State to King Edward VI leased a house here. In building the rectory he was the first nobleman to put Wimbledon on the society map and it has hardly looked back since. It was followed nearly 70 years later by Eagle House to provide two of the most enduring residencies still standing in Wimbledon. The museum has extensive books and information about both houses, together with Ralph Treswell's snapshot of local life in the early 17th century.