Mac McAleer

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Location: London UK


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Wimbledon two hundred years ago: The village, its &hellip by Richard Milward
This is a book about Wimbledon during the reigns of George III and George IV. It gives a detailed account of the period in Wimbledon, especially of the lives and houses of the richer inhabitants drawn there as better communications with nearby London made it a fashionable place to live, at least for part of their time. It also deals with the poorer or less fashionable, for whom Wimbledon was home all the year round.

THE CHAPTERS are grouped into four parts: Part I The Village and its People; Part II Daily Life in the Village; Part III Wimbledon Personalities; Part IV Appendices. Part I has chapters on travellers to Wimbledon, its shop-keepers and craftsmen, the local gentry and… Read more
A Georgian Village: Wimbledon 1724 - 1765 Part IV &hellip by Richard Milward
This interesting 48-page booklet gives a fascinating overview of early Georgian Wimbledon Village. It is well illustrated and easy to read.

Half of this booklet concerns the village church, the large estates and the great houses that appeared in Wimbledon in this period. Although these great houses and their estates did dominate the village, the emphasis on them may also reflect the lack of documentary sources for the poorer people of Wimbledon. In particular, the church (vestry) documents from before 1740 have not survived. However, the author is able to give lists of the names of the local tradesmen and farmers as well as the principle landowners. In the 1740s there were… Read more
Wimbledon in the time of the Civil War by Milward Rj
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, short book, 16 July 2014
This is a short book on the history of Wimbledon before, during and after the Civil War. It can seem quite detailed in places and not detailed enough in other places. This is because it is a local history and has to follow the available documentary evidence. Overall, it is a fascinating view of a turbulent time from 1617 to 1724.

This book follows two shorter publications on Medieval and Tudor Wimbledon. It is larger because more documents survive. The sources are mostly these documents; there is little archaeology from this period. These documents are patchy but when available they can be quite detailed and this is reflected in the text

At the end of the book the… Read more