Tudor Wimbledon I bought this from a charity shop in Kendal for £1.29.  As Wimbledon was a village so close to London (then 10 miles distant), it does include a few anecdotes about famous London personages, such as Catherine Parr, and Henry VIII. The King visited Wimbledon in his last days, when he was ill and could not travel from Nonsuch palace to Whitehall without breaking the journey. The booklet has a map of his journey, and records of what remedies were sent for.

It includes a few colourful snippets such as;  in 1564/5 the Thames froze solid and the villagers played football on the ice, and a description of the Wimbledon Militia who seem to have been the Tudor equivalent of ‘Dad’s Army’ with archery butts constantly ‘in need of repair.’

The book is mostly a record of written sources on this period, and so provides an interesting if patchy account. It also includes a chapter on the Puritan Walter family, and also on the Cecil family, who were visited by both Elizabeth I and James I at their manor house in Wimbledon. A short pamphlet of 120 pages, it was been written by a historian local to the area.

This, by the same author, also might be of interest:

Wimbledon in the English Civil War

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