The All England Lawn Tennis Club,
Church Road, Wimbledon,
London SW19 5AE.
Thursday March 16 2017
We had, during last week’s trip to the Merton Heritage Museum, picked up a trail/walk leaflet , called the Wimbledon Way which involved a short stroll (2km) through Wimbledon’s heritage to the Lawn Tennis Museum.
As it was a lovely spring day we decided to follow it and I shall take you through the stages very briefly before we went underground into the Museum itself.
Toynbee Memorial, which is a water fountain erected in gratitude to Joseph Toynbee by the working men of Wimbledon . Amongst many campaigns which he supported was to save the common as Earl Spencer was threatening to enclose it.
Jeu de Paume' which a bit like Pelota, was played by hand till some-one thought about a racquet. The French, especially pre-revolution, were leaders in this and the hangover is the number of French words – including Love coming from l’oeuf (an egg). Outdoor tennis was sometimes combined with croquet – both requiring neatly manicured lawns, and people to maintain them. Equally equipment to play with and the leisure to participate – all of which indicates a middle or upper class sport, which it has largely remained.
Joan Hunter Dunn' which epitomises the pre-war image of tennis.